Swanton Board hears esports proposal


By Jacob Toeppe - For the Enterprise



The Swanton Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the current state of the school district, as well as recent events and issues in the district and local community.

Swanton High School English teacher Jeffrey Dojcsak approached the board with a proposal to develop an esports (competitive video gaming) team at Swanton High School, and join the rapidly growing league in Ohio.

“I was approached by two of my students in the library who asked me if I’d be interested in helping to organize an esports team,” Dojcsak said. He added he was unsure of the idea at first, but after about a half hour of researching the subject, he was completely on board.

Dojcsak explained that there are several practical, and educational values to esports, such as preparing students for possible career paths in technology, or even gaming itself, as it is a one of the largest industries in the world now. He said that involvement in esports would also help teens to develop better social skills, as most leagues are focused on team based aspects, and increase involvement in extracurricular activity.

“This will reach a student population that is not frequently reached,” Dojcsak said. He also informed the board that there are many college teams and plenty of opportunities for students to receive athletic scholarships for esports.

According to treasurer Joyce Kinsman, the district seems to be on target for tax collections. It is approximately 75 percent of the way through the fiscal year, and about 95 percent of taxes are in.

The School Board accepted several donations including a $1,616.23 donation from the Swanton Parents Club to the Swanton Elementary Principal’s account and $1,000 from the Swanton Athletic Booster to the football team fundraising account.

The Board also approved the appropriation of the Swanton Public Library’s annual budget.

Two Board members commented on the recent Amazing Shake competition held at Swanton Middle School.

David Smith commented, “The shake was awesome.” Shannon Crow stated that the shake was “extraordinarily organized and run.” She added that the students were very well prepared by the faculty when they were interviewed as part of the program.

Personnel

The Board approved multiple personnel items including, an administrative contract for Anthony Menna, who will take over as high school assistant principal.

Also approved was the retirement of Mike Vicars as director of student services, effective, June 30, 2019. Mona Dyke was approved as a new trustee to the library board at Swanton Public Library.

Building Reports

Elementary School Principal Kristi Molter reported that Swanton Rotary and SHS Interact sponsored the Father – Daughter Dance on March 7. Dental Health delivered dental packets to all students, and spoke with them about dental health.

“Big Buddies” read together, and participated in a painting activity for St. Patrick’s Day. Younger students enjoyed the chance to work with the older ones.

Middle School Principal Matt Smith reported that the Amazing Shake competition took place on March 12, where the students were taught a variety of soft skills, including small talk, ordering food, making phone calls, being interviewed and making a bed, among others. Students have been invited to the FCEDC Awards Dinner in Archbold on April 25.

Students have begun preparation for the AIR tests.

Eighth graders visited Penta Career Center on March 14, for the annual Career Expo.

By Jacob Toeppe

For the Enterprise

Reach Jacob Toeppe at tsenews@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Jacob Toeppe at tsenews@aimmediamidwest.com