FORT JENNINGS - Fort Jennings School Board met for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Wednesday night and discussed the repair of the air conditioning compressor.
All-temp Refrigeration's quote of $28,000 will replace the broken compressor. Principal Nicholas Langhals said that the compressor went out last year and that now, since the school year is over, it can be replaced.The board accepted these donations: $457.95 from the American Legion Post 715 for the school's flags; $500 from Fort Jennings Soccer Boosters for fertilizer; and $300 from Fort Jennings Post Prom to the class of 2014.
Council also approved the donation of one-half of the remaining Class of 2013 funds be given to Playing Hardball Against ALS (PHAALS) Foundation and the balance given to St. Joseph Jog for SIDS.
Old business included the approval of the 2013-14 high school handbook, which had been revised; accepting the resignation of Andrea Mead as the assistant varsity girls basketball coach; recommending Eric Schwab as the varsity baseball coach for 2014; approval of the school kitchen for the band supper which will be held on Sept. 8; and the approval of OTES policy.
"The OTES policy is a teacher evaluation policy that we will use when working with the teachers next year," Langhals explained.
There were four new recommended individuals approved to fill positions for the upcoming year and include: Alan "Jay" Laubenthal, who will teach grades 7-12 math and social studies and coach boys junior varsity basketball; Rob Warnecke, who will serve as athletic event supervisor; Kevin Horstman, who will coach girls junior high basketball; and Alex Maag, who will be the assistant varsity coach for boys soccer.
The board also approved three new resolutions including renewal of the school insurance policy from SORSA for the 2013-14 school year, which cost a little more but received an increase in limits and liability. They also approved the contract with Northwest Physical Therapy for one year.
"It's the same as always and the contract has been the same for the last few years," Langhals explained.
Council discussed the resolution of the end-of-the-year course exams in social studies courses to assess mastery of American History, which fulfills requirements set forth in S.B. 165.
"This makes sure we are assessing students correctly. Our teacher has assessed materials and has incorporated new materials - text of the Constitution, Federalist papers, etc. - to satisfy the requirements," Langhals detailed.
Council commended the girls state track team, including Kaitlin Stechschulte, Elaina Maag, Macy Schroeder, Lori Bruskotter and Emily Grone, for their fifth and sixth place finishes at state competition.
In addition, members congratulated the Environthon Team for their state runner-up finish.
"The team was tied for first place with 600 points," Langhals explained. "During the tie-breaking part of the competition, they fell short by a few points."
Langhals gave a brief report on Race to the Top.
"OTES was just approved earlier in the meeting and the scope of work for year four is ready for the upcoming school year," Langhals said.
The next school board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 31 in the high school library.