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Drug testing being considered at WT
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 4:14 PM


By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

HAVILAND - Several teachers, coaches and extra curricular personnel were approved for 2014-15 and initial steps towards a proposed drug policy were taken at the Wayne Trace Local Board of Education meeting Monday, May 12.

Drug testing was again a topic of discussion and after superintendent Steve Arnold reported on a future drug testing policy, he recommended a meeting be held with parents, allowing them to express their opinions and concerns in order to move forward in the best interests of the district.

The drug testing, if passed, would involve both junior high and high school students who participate in extracurricular athletic activities beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Following the superintendent’s comments and recommendation, the board voted to hold a meeting on June 9 at 7 p.m. in the high school lecture room. The meeting is scheduled prior to the monthly school board meeting which is set for 7:30 p.m.

The board approved the Young Fives program that permits a child to enroll in transitional kindergarten if the student turns five before Sept. 30 of the year in which they apply for enrollment. The change is in the new date of Sept. 30 allowing younger five-year-olds to be in the program providing they go through the screening process.

The board recessed briefly in executive session allowing them to discuss the hiring of Jim Linder as athletic director. Linder’s name was removed from the consent agenda and after a 4-1 vote in executive session Linder was rehired. The one dissenting vote was cast by Perry Sinn.

In personnel matters, the board:

• Approved Alyssa Saylor OAA booster class tutor for 2013-14.

Okayed volunteer coaches Troy Branch and Anita Branch for cross country, Jeremy Daeger for boys’ golf, Bill Rahrig for girls’ golf, and Jack Baumle and Steve Sinn for football.

• Granted extended leave of absence for Katie Perkins from Aug. 9 to Nov. 7, 2014.

• Accepted the retirement of administrative assistant Ann Olwin as of July 31, and to rehire her for the same position beginning Aug. 1.

• Agreed to the voluntary transfer of Jessica Jacobs to transitional kindergarten teacher at Grover Hill beginning next school year.

• Made one-year supplemental contracts for 2014-15 with certified personnel including: Bill Speller, head football coach; Shawn Gerber, seventh grade football; Colleen Saylor, assistant high school volleyball; Bethany Hughes, freshman volleyball; Kara Thomas, eighth grade volleyball; Mallory Diamond, seventh grade volleyball; Annette Sinn, head cross country (50 percent); high school student council advisor, sophomore class advisor and freshman class advisor; Chrissy Sinn, head cheerleader advisor (50 percent); Kerry Gudakunst, co-assistant cheerleader advisor (20 percent); Susie Johnson, boys faculty manager (65 percent); Zach Miller, scholastic bowl advisor; Jacqueline Davis, Spanish club advisor; Heather Hatcher, co-National Honor society advisor (50 percent); Joni Klopfenstein, co-National Honor Society advisor (50 percent); Sharon Spinner, marching band, concerts, music contests, lessons and pep band (100 percent), and swing choir, assistant instrumental marching band, concerts and lessons (25 percent); Sarah Franz, senior class advisor.

Gave one-year supplemental contracts for 2014-15 to classified personnel: Mike Speice and Doug Etzler, assistant high school football; Chad Goeltzenleuchter, co-assistant high school football (80 percent); Kenny Speice, co-assistant football (20 percent); Dan Bland, eighth grade football; Angie Speice, head coach high school volleyball; Chris Rosswurm, head coach high school boys golf; Al Welch, head coach high school girls golf; Terry Campbell, cross country (50 percent); Chrissy Landrum, co-assistant cheerleading advisor (30 percent); Ann Olwin, girls faculty manager; Terry Overmyer, boys faculty manager (35 percent); Joni Wenninger, Swing choir/instrumental (75 percent); Camille Myers, junior class prom advisor and district information specialist.

• Approved one-year limited contracts for 2014-15 school year with: Ryan Fisher and Heather Roehm, intervention specialists; Louise Vranesevic, music teacher at Payne Elementary; Kayla Gawronski, science and social studies teacher at Wayne Trace.

In other business, the board:

• Authorized membership in the OHSAA for the 2014-15 season.

• Renewed the dual credit agreement with Wright State University, allowing students at Wayne Trace the opportunity to earn college credit in psychology with the local board paying up to 50 percent of the cost for tuition for each participant.

• Approved the dual credit agreement with Rhodes State College already in place.

• Voted to change some of its policies due to changes in federal and state laws.

• Approved the increase from three to five days per week for online learning lab aide Katy Scarbrough.

• Approved the resignations of junior high basketball coaches Cindy Crosby and Jen Mohr.

• Accepted Elyse Myers as junior varsity girls basketball coach for the upcoming school year.

Approved the list of summer helpers for 2014.


What will tonight’s PEVS board meeting reveal?
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:56 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

PAULDING – With the Don Schnepp memorial rock temporarily removed and a community becoming more divided, most are now waiting for what might occur at the Paulding Exempted Village School board meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 20 at 7 p.m.

Oakwood Council approves new member, receives resignation
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:13 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

OAKWOOD – Oakwood Village Council approved resident Brent Meeker to fill an empty seat on council Monday.

Mayor Erhard “Bud” Henke conducted the swearing-in ceremony for Meeker, who replaces late Councilwoman Vicky Long.

Antwerp ball fields receive deed, village website online
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:12 AM
By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer
ANTWERP – The Antwerp youth ball fields have new ownership, Mediacom made its first quarterly payment to the village, and the village website is completed and ready to be viewed. This information was reported by the village administrator, Sara Keeran, at the Antwerp Village Council meeting on Monday.
‘Miracle seed money’ donated to construct new Bargain Bin
Monday, May 19, 2014 7:41 PM

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING - Officers of the Bargain Bin were recently stunned when they were informed that an anonymous gift of $80,000 was being gifted to their organization to be used toward the construction of a new facility.

Injury crash stops traffic on US24 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, May 19, 2014 4:10 PM


EMERALD TOWNSHIP – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a serious injury crash that occurred at 8:45 p.m. Sunday evening, May 18 on U.S. 24 at County Road 143 intersection in northeast Paulding County.

According to troopers, a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, driven by Courtney M. Schaffer, 19, of Hicksville, was traveling southbound on Road 143. A 2005 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by David W. Ashenfelter, 45, of Flora, Ind., was traveling eastbound on U.S. 24. The Chevrolet failed to yield at the stop sign and drove into the path of the Dodge.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged and came to rest in the ditch on the south side of U.S. 24.

Schaffer was taken by Samaritan to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Ashenfelter was extracted by mechanical means. He and a passenger, Michelle R. Soupley, 44, of Flora, Ind., were both taken by Paulding EMS to Defiance Regional Hospital.

Both lanes of U.S. 24 were shut down for a short time to land the helicopter. The eastbound lane was shut down for more than an hour for the investigation.

The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Seatbelts were in use at the time of the crash.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Paulding Fire Department and EMS, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Samaritan, John’s Towing, and Integrity Auto Body Wrecker Service.