FORT JENNINGS — Another first day of school is under the belt and Jennings Local Schools Superintendent Nick Langhals commented that it was an excellent day.

“We have two days in the books now and so far, so good,” he said with a smile Wednesday. “We had a great staff work day on Aug. 16, beginning with teacher meetings in the morning and A.L.I.C.E. training in the afternoon.”

A.L.I.C.E. training is active shooter training. It stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Four local law enforcement officers helped train the teachers on site. Langhals and Elementary Principal Matthew Dube commented on how well the training went.

“It is unfortunate that we have to have this kind of training but Sheriff Siefker, Chief Standt, Deputy Weller and Officer Mackey did a great job and we are very appreciative of their time,” Langhals said.

“It is tough that we have to do this but it is good to be prepared,” Dube added.

The board approved the classified agreement with non-certified personnel for July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021. The first year, employees will see a 1.75-percent raise with the final two years’ raises based on the negotiated agreement with the Fort Jennings Education Association, which will be negotiated in June 2019.

The board received a thank you card from the Envirothon Team that attended Nationals in Idaho.

“They had a great time and they are very appreciative. It is a very nice thank you,” Langhals said.

He continued his report by noting that the sixth- and seventh- grade orientation on Aug. 13 was well attended by students and parents.

The middle school/high school magazine fundraiser will begin on Aug. 31. Students in grades 6-9 will sell magazine subscriptions. Upperclassmen can also sell the magazines if they wish. Funds earned help the school pay for extra events and activities such as special speakers, movie nights, and other activities that aid in keeping student moral high throughout the year.

Langhals concluded by reminding everyone that there is no school on Sept. 3 for Labor Day and noted that fall sports have begun with nine golfers, 17 girl soccer players and 18 boy soccer players on the roster.

Dube announced hearing screening for grades kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 9 and 11 will be offered on Monday.

“On Tuesday, teachers will be trained on the new, more data-intensive reading program called AR/AR 360. Accelerated Reader is a new system more in line with the reading being found on the state tests,” Dube concluded.

In other business, the board accepted a $50 donation to the Building Fund in memory of Susan Kay Sass, who lost her battle with cancer this past summer; approved A la carte items for the cafeteria as presented; and recommended and approved an annual contract with Dynamix. Dynamix monitors the HVAC systems externally and then stays in contact with the maintenance department to make changes that allow it to run more efficiently.

Also approved was Courtney Fisher from Wapakoneta as the high school math teacher; the tentative bus routes for the new school year; and the following coaching positions: Drew Stechschulte as the junior high boys basketball assistant; Emily Grone as girls varsity soccer volunteer assistant; Matt Myerholtz as junior high track coach; and Brian Recker as boys varsity soccer assistant.

Langhals noted that the junior high girls basketball program still needs a coach.

Board also recommended Eric Schwab as year one mentor for Kyle Williams and recommended Williams as athletic events supervisor for the 2018-19 school year.

“It is just a nice night for local schools to give thanks to people in their communities,” commented Langhals.

The OSBA (Ohio School Board Association) Conference will be Nov. 11-13 in Columbus. Several board members will attend.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19.