Swanton Middle School was presented with an award by Ohio School Plan at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting. Travis Thompson from Ohio School Plan presented Principal Matt Smith and Assistant Principal Leigh Pancoast with an oversized $2,500 check for the Mike Davis Best Practice Award.
To qualify for the award, members must have an active functional safety committee accountable for the completion of corrective actions derived from results of scheduled internal inspections, regulatory inspections, and incident investigations.
Plan members can be nominated by a risk management representative. Loss information for each nominated member is reviewed to determine a winner.
Personnel items were approved, including the Board officially approving the resignation of Aaron Brown as middle school wrestling coach. He had resigned following an incident with a student at a wrestling tournament in Archbold.
Also at the meeting, the Board approved Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) annual membership and OSBA Legal Assistance Fund membership.
Additionally, Board meetings will now be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The only exceptions are March 22 and June 28.
• Elementary School Principal Kristi Molter reported that the installation of a fence at the school was delayed due to weather but would begin soon. It was underway over the weekend.
• Smith reported that middle school students did “an amazing job” working at Santa’s Workshop before break. Santa’s Workshop gives elementary students an opportunity to buy gifts for family and others.
He also reported that before the winter break, students took middle of year assessments in ELA and math. Over 200 students raised their score in both subjects.
• High School Principal Jason Longbrake reported that the boys basketball game against Delta on Jan. 27 will be a “red out” for the Fulton County Health Center and Heart Radiothon. Students and the community will be asked to wear red, there will be donation stations set up, and blood pressure screenings will be available for a free-will donation
• Transportation Director Jeff Bella reported that the district is still waiting on propane buses to be delivered from Cardinal. “Due to the state grant money offered to most schools last year the bus industry in Ohio is backlogged trying to make deliveries on the large number of buses ordered over the past 12 months. The rush of buses ordered combined with the supply chain issues we have experienced over the past few years has slowed the industry’s ability to keep up with the original promise dates that were anticipated back when the buses were ordered,” he said in his report.
Bella added that Cardinal has assured the district the buses will be delivered soon.