The Swanton Board of Education heard more about the middle school’s ALPHA program at a relatively light meeting on Wednesday. The program was made possible by a 21st Century grant.
The ALPHA program helps the district find struggling students and offers them fun and interesting learning opportunities.
Teachers Julie LaPoint and Amanda Carrizales gave the board more details on the program. LaPoint told the board it is not just a normal classroom environment. They try to make learning fun for the kids who attend.
Carrizales highlighted the community partners, which include Penta Career Center, Swanton Area Community Coalition and the OSU Extension, who help to make that possible.
The Board also approved multiple personnel items at the meeting. They included the retirement of Betse Schmitz, elementary secretary and resignations of Jason Divoll, transportation supervisor; Carolyn Fickel, SMS guidance/attendance secretary; and Ashley Leonard, playground/lunch aide.
Also approved were supplemental contracts for Niklas Tschantz, baseball reserve coach and Mark Cymbolin, varsity assistant baseball coach. Recreation contracts were approved for Tim Ricard, 2018 baseball and softball director; Jessica Mitchell, U8-U14 spring recreation soccer director; Brittany Ventimiglia, U4-U6 spring recreation soccer director; Lori Bolyard, 2018 spring travel soccer director; and Callie Jacobs, spring soccer field maintenance.
• The Board approved its annual service agreement with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the 2018-19 school year.
• The Board approved a three-year contract with Rose Photography for school and recreation program photo services.
• The reappointment of Rheba Burtch to the Swanton Public Library Board of Trustees was approved.
• Due to conflicts, meeting dates for April and May were changed. Now, the meetings will be on April 12 and May 9.
• The Board voted to waive gym rental fees for a basketball shooting camp run by a Swanton assistant coach and a send off for members of the 983rd Army Engineering Battalion.
• The school calendar for 2018-19 was discussed by the board. Staff members overwhelmingly voted for option A which included a start date of Aug. 21 for students and an end date of May 31. The Board will vote on the calendar at the March meeting.
• Elementary principal Kristi Molter reported that the students were learning about the Winter Olympics in physical education classes. They learned about the history and participated in their own version.
There was also a school-wide assembly held to celebrate accomplishments this school year. They recognized our Student of the Month recipients from the 1st semester and our newly formed Paw Patrol members received their vests. Our Paw Patrol members have an important job of helping to lead students out at the end of the day by bus number from their classroom to the gym.
Author Michelle Nelson-Schmidt also visited the school last week.
Brad Hurtig spoke to students at the middle school, according to principal Matt Smith. Hurtig, who lost both his hands in an accident and still became an all-state linebacker, spoke of overcoming adversity.
Swanton High School principal Jason Longbrake reported that teachers Josh Eppert, Jane Grindle, Ashly Ward, and Julie Wright will be hosting teachers from India, Nepal, and Niger. The IREX Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program is a six-week professional development program for visiting international secondary school teachers.
Julie LaPoint and Amanda Carrizales tell the Swanton Board of Eduaction about the ALPHA program.
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