School board approves coaches, rec directors

Staff Report

Several personnel items were approved by the Swanton Board of Education on Wednesday. They included certified supplemental positions for Sam Wesche, varsity assistant football coach; Kim Floyd, prom director; Kirk Ostojic, newspaper non-curricular; Sarah Durst, middle school basketball cheer coach; and Kathryn George, R.T.I. Team elementary.

Classified supplementals approved included Thomas Leahey, varsity assistant football coach; Da Netra Smith, girls assistant middle school track coach; Eric Oakes, head golf coach and head girls basketball coach; Arthur Wolford, assistant boys soccer; Mark Kahl, reserve boys soccer; Russell Bacon, freshman/assistant boys basketball coach; Garrett Michalkiewicz, seventh grade boys basketball coach; and Joshua Bragg, boys assistant basketball coach.

Recreation contracts included Jessica Mitchell as U4-U6 fall soccer director and Nikki Walborn, fall volleyball director.

Student teachers approved included Katie McGough with Tina Jahn, Morgan Macionsky with Tammie Boyd, and Skylar Finney with Rosetta Reiser.

In his Strategic Priority Update, Superintendent Chris Lake reported that the Village of Swanton and the Swanton Local Schools district have been awarded a Safe Routes to School grant by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The village and district worked in conjunction with Maumee Valley Planning to secure the grant worth over $300,000.

The funding from this grant comes in two forms – non-infrastructure funds which will be available in mid-October and can be used for educational purposes; and infrastructure funds which will be available in the summer of 2020.

The infrastructure funds will be used to install sidewalks, as well as upgrading crosswalks near Swanton Elementary School and Swanton Middle School, along with other projects to make walking to school safer for students.

A motion to approve a trip to Florida for the high school baseball team did not pass after a 2-2 vote.

“A couple of the board members had some questions that they wanted answered about the trip,” said Lake. “In particular, they wanted more details about the cost, how many players were going, and how they were getting there.”

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• Swanton Elementary School principal Kristi Molter reported the new curriculum for writing K-4 already seems to be helping students engage in the writing process.

Molter also reported that elementary teacher Chris Elliott received the Golden Apple Award from Swanton Rotary for her passion for student and the community, and for her efforts with Backpack Buddies.

• Middle school principal Matt Smith reported that the ALPHA program is off to a fast start. There are over 70 kids signed up, and a waiting list had to be created.

“The program is ridiculously popular, and we are doing our best to accomdate the demand,” Smith said in the report.

He also reported that the first year of Sixth Grade Camp at Camp Michindoh was a huge success.

• Swanton was victorious for the fourth straight year in the Goodwill Pass It On Challenge, according to Swanton High School principal Jason Longbrake. Nearly 6,000 pounds of donations were collected.

Homecoming is this week. The theme is Decades, and classes will be decorating their halls and floats based on their decade – either the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. The dance is Saturday.

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