Christopher Lake was approved as the new superintendent of Swanton Local Schools at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.
Lake, a Swanton resident for the last 18 years, has served as principal of Tinora High School in Defiance County since 2014. Lake, and his wife Sherry, have two children in the Swanton school district, Wyatt and Mackenzie.
He taught in Perrysburg prior to becoming principal at Tinora.
Lake has a two-year contract and starts at Swanton on Aug. 28. The first day of school is Sept. 7.
“The Board believes Chris will be able to lead the district forward with his innovative and positive thinking,” said Board President Kris Oberheim. “Chris has 20 years of experience within the educational field. He understands the value of building relationships to keep effectiveness with the community strong.”
The superintendent position became open when Jeff Schlade left for a human resources position at Lakewood Schools in northeast Ohio at the end of July. Jay LeFevre, former Pike-Delta-York superintendent, has since been serving as interim superintendent. A consulting contract with LeFevre was also approved on Wednesday to help Lake transition to superintendent.
Lake enters the district during a building project that will see students in grades 5-8 now at the former Park Elementary School and students in grades K-4 at the former Crestwood Elementary School. Preschool students will be at the high school.
LeFevre and Kevin Young from Munger Munger + Associates gave an update on the project.
Young said Crestwood is in really good shape. Inspections are taking place. The contractor would also like to have messy work, such as pouring footers, completed for the additional two classrooms before school starts in September.
Park School has seen delays but “has come a long way in the last two weeks,” said Young. Final inspections for the choir/band room addition were slated for Monday. Inspections of the lunch room are planned for Aug. 28, at the latest.
At the site on Cherry Street, demolition is complete and materials are now being separated. Materials will be crushed next week to use as backfill.
In addition to the superintendent position, several other personnel items were approved by the board. They included a pair of new teachers – Tiffany Kaspar, seventh grade match, and Jaclyn Borer, first grade.
Other contracts approved included Gregory Kohler, bus driver; Marla Kusz, library aide; and Deb Mangas, library aide, at 5.75 hours per day.
Supplemental contract approvals included Kristi Molter, CCIP coordinator; Dyrel Williams, assistant varsity football coach; Greg Chonko, assistant freshman football coach; Shawn Kinne, seventh grade football coach; Greg Hallett, eighth grade assistant football coach; Matt Smith, evaluation committee chair; Jennifer Schmidt, Julie LaPointe, and Hunter Hayes, sixth grade camp staff; Alaura Fetterman, freshman volleyball; and Xavier Taylor, junior high wrestling coach.
Recreation contracts were approved for Brittany Ventimiglia, U4-U6 soccer director, $500 per season; Mike Benton, football director, $700 per season; Andrea Perrin, volleyball director, $500; and Ryan Borer, running club director, $200.
• Incoming senior Mikayla Rochelle made a presentation to the board about a senior class trip. The class would like to travel to Philadelphia April 26-29.
She said the trip would be a reward for how hard the class as worked during their high school years. The trip would be funded by students, with fundraisers planned.
• District treasurer Joyce Kinsman reported that the building project is now $148,000 under budget.
• Swanton Middle School Principal Matt Smith reported that the school has received a 21st Century Grant worth more than $900,000 over five years. It allows the school to have a before-and-after school program that offers a safe and fun activities for struggling students while also helping them in areas they need extra help.