Todd Hoehn of Fort Jennings Local Schools presents community volunteer Larry Streets with an award for Excellence in Community Service from the Ohio School Board Association on Thursday. (DHI Media/Julia Keirns)
Todd Hoehn of Fort Jennings Local Schools presents community volunteer Larry Streets with an award for Excellence in Community Service from the Ohio School Board Association on Thursday. (DHI Media/Julia Keirns)

FORT JENNINGS — Todd Hoehn from the Fort Jennings Local School Board presented community volunteer Larry Streets with an award for Excellence in Community Service from the Ohio School Board Association at the November board meeting Thursday night.

“We have always wanted a way to say a thank you that was a lot more than just a pat on the back,” stated Superintendent Langhals. “We want to thank you for the pictures, videotaping, mowing and all the projects you work on. The students and families love everything you do for them.”

“Thank you very much,” stated Streets. “This means a lot to me. I love what I do. The kids are great. It is a lot of fun and I enjoy every minute of it.”

The school board also approved the purchase of a new school bus through the EPC Purchasing Council. The Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council does the bidding for the schools regarding not only bus pricing, but also maintenance, and school/janitorial supplies and is able to receive discounts above and beyond what the schools can get themselves.

“We are currently collecting information on several different makes and models,” stated Langhals. “We have been instructed by the mechanics that the bus we are planning to replace is not reliable enough anymore and that is why we have moved this project up on the list.”

The board then proceeded to approve the purchase of a used school mini-van. There are several trips in which less than nine people attend.

“The local dealerships who always rented us vans for these trips can no longer do that due to insurance reasons,” stated Langhals. “It just does not make sense to continue using a full-size bus for these trips.”

In other business the board accepted the following donations:

• $260.80 from Shoparoo Receipts to Elementary Activities

• $312 from Musketeer Athletic Boosters to Boys Basketball Camp Fund

• $700 from “Nine Good Lives, LLC” to the School Lunch Program

• And two Lego Mindstorm Controllers and various components in memory of Melvin A. Rode, PhD, Fort Jennings Alumni, Class of 1959

The resignation of Lindsay Maas as the extra custodian was received and accepted. According to Langhals she has taken another position elsewhere and they wish her well. Applications for a replacement have been received and interviewing will begin soon.

Hoehn was approved as PCL Basketball Tournament manager and Kyle Williams as assistant tournament manager for those games hosted at Fort Jennings. The Jennings District protocol for gifted education services for fourth, fifth and sixth grade was approved for the 2018-19 school year. In past years the fourth grade has not participated in the gifted program.

Emily Kehres resigned as junior high girls basketball assistant due to her employment and won’t be able to be available as much as needed so she has dropped to a volunteer position and will be available as much as she can.

Other coaches approved were Makenna Ricker as junior high girls basketball assistant and Justin Tumlinson as seventh- and eight-grade girls basketball coach. Student workers approved for winter break were Erica Rau, Kaitlyn Arrizola and Aaron Kloeppel.

The board was excited to announce that they were awarded a grant from Activate Allen County to install a new ice maker in the kitchen in order to provide and display more healthy snacks in the lunch line and salad bar cart. The current ice maker will then be moved to the athletic department. Activate Allen County has recently expanded their reach into Putnam County. The board has also submitted a grant to the Bureau of Workers Comp for an Intervention Safety Grant to improve safety measures in the district.

Hoehn presented the Elementary and High School reports mentioning congratulations to Mr. Basinger and all students in grades 3-5 on a tremendous musical performance; and congratulations to all the students for raising money for Christmas for Kids. Mrs. Uphaus will take the kids to Continental to deliver the money. Congratulations were also extended to all the fall sports participants and coaches for their efforts.

The next regular meeting of the Jennings Board of Education is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the school libraray.