Swanton School Board approves new coaches

Staff Report

New football and girls track coaches were among the approvals by the Swanton Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.

Denton Saunders was approved as head high school football coach for the 2019-20 school year. He was also approved as summer strength and conditioning coach and as a credit recovery teacher for 2019-20, pending all credentials.

Saunders is a Patrick Henry High School graduate.

Walter Steele was approved as a head high school girls track and field coach.

Other personnel items approved included the resignation of former head football coach Randy Kerns as credit recovery teacher, effective March 1. He took a position at Fairborn High School near Dayton.

Supplemental contracts approved by the board included Timothy McCarthy, head baseball coach; Justin Recker, high school boys assistant track coach; Joel Visser, spring strength and conditioning coach; Mark Cymbolin, assistant baseball coach; DaNetra Smith, girls middle school track head coach; Nicole Griffin, middle school boys assistant track coach; and Hailee Roeder, high school girls assistant track coach.

Recreation contacts approved were Kendra Eitniear Gustafson, U4-U14 spring soccer director, Lori Bolyard, spring travel soccer director; Tim Ricard, 2019 baseball director; Jenelle Stevens, 2019 softball director; Tiffani Nelson, baseball, softball, and soccer field maintenance.

Rachael Mendoza was approved as a student teacher for this school year, and Josh Siewert was approved as a baseball volunteer.

The dates for the April and May board meetings were changed. They will now be April 10 and May 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The moves were made so that all board members can be present.

Also at the meeting, the district’s hourly rate for a substitute playground aide was increased to $8.55 per hour to comply with the state’s minimum wage law.

Building reports

• Elementary Principal Kristi Molter reported that fourth grade student Conor Yates placed third at the Fulton County Spelling Bee.

She also reported that the fourth grade winter music program will be Feb. 28, Destination Imagination will compete March 2, and a father-daughter dance will be held March 7. Kindergarten screenings will take place March 14-15.

• Family Fun Night at Swanton Middle School on Feb. 13 was a great success, according to Matt Smith, principal. He said over 250 people attended the event, which included an escape room, geography slam, board games, craft room, and more.
• Swanton High School Principal Jason Longbrake reported that all juniors took the ACT on Wednesday.

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