School board reviews 2017-18 calendar

By Drew Stambaugh -

The Swanton Board of Education will likely decide on a 2017-18 school calendar during its March 15 meeting.

With a tight timeline for construction of building additions and renovations, the start of next school year would not be until after Labor Day. Under the calendar presented at the Feb. 15 board meeting, the first day is slated for Sept. 7.

“We will not start school later than Sept. 7 barring any unforeseen natural disasters… construction delays will not delay our start date,” said Swanton Superintendent Jeff Schlade.

Under the proposed calendar, Christmas and New Year’s break would be from Dec. 25 to Jan. 1. Spring break would be March 26-30.

The last day of school would be scheduled for June 8.

In other business, the board approved:

• Five donations, including $2,000 from Swanton Athletic Boosters to the general fund.

• A list of 2017 Swanton High School graduates.

• The resignation of Timothy Spiess as spring strength and conditioning coach, boys track assistant, and in-school detention/credit recovery monitor, effective Jan. 31.

Certified supplemental contracts were approved for Allison Pelz, high school newspaper, and Sam Wesche, spring strength and conditioning coach.

Additionally, recreation contracts were approved for Brittany Ventimiglia, U4 and U6 spring recreation soccer director, and Sandy Eitniear, upper spring recreation soccer director and spring travel soccer director.

Administrator Reports

Elementary Principal Paulette Baz reported that Meredith Grime for the OSU Extension is conducting a series of three 30-minute lessons on basic nutrition, food safety, and grocery shopping with Park students. Also, Dental Health Associates presented in February to students in grades K-4 on the importance of clean and healthy teeth.

Emma Crow placed fourth, and Kyleigh Shinaver fifth, at the “God, Flag and Country” contest held by the Delta Eagles.

The middle school is again working with Penta Career Center with the after school program. It was highly successful last year, and Penta wanted to work with the district again, principal Matt Smith said.

Swanton Middle School was named Ascend Math Software Program school of the month in December.

The middle school also celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week Feb 13-17. It was a week dedicated to performing simple acts of kindness in addition to an opportunity to make kindness the norm instead of the exception.

Swanton High School principal Jason Longbrake reported that the Swanton quiz team is currently fundraising for a trip to the national tournament in late April.

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stamabaugh at 419-335-2010

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