Old Fort board hires new principal

OLD FORT — At a meeting Monday, the Old Fort Board of Education approved the hire of Erica Cobb as the district’s junior high/high school principal effective Aug. 1. She served nine years as an intervention specialist at Woodmore High School in Elmore.

Cobb’s appointment follows the resignation of Junior High/High School Principal Sonia Herman, who accepted a position with Gibsonburg Schools. Her resignation was accepted, effective June 30.

According to Superintendent Steve Anway, Cobb was chosen from 29 applicants, six of whom were interviewed.

“We are happy to have Mrs. Cobb on board,” he said.

The board approved a two-year contract for Cobbs, pending completion of mandatory paperwork.

Anway gave a brief report about this year’s migrant program that began June 14 and is to end Aug. 15 for pre-K through grade 12. Program Director Jeff Lynch is expecting a visit from a representative of the National Summer Learning Association, a federal advocate for summer learning as a solution to equity and excellence in education.

According to Anway, fewer migrant families with school-age children are entering and working in the United States due to the political climate. This led to a low enrollment of only 34 students, including those from Lakota, Woodmore and Fremont who combined with Seneca County students this summer.

Only people who qualify for an H2A temporary work visa for seasonal agricultural jobs are being hired legally in the United States. Most of them are adult men and older teens. Eligibility for the H2A is designated by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

Anway read letters of appreciation from students Peyton Miller and Jordan Magers thanking the district for nominating them to receive Ford Motor Co. Scholarship awards.

According to Treasurer Tom Siloy, FY2017 revenue is “well above the forecast mark,” and expenditures came in at 98.63 percent of what was projected. He said the district could operate effectively for 140 days on available cash, which is above average for most school districts.

All financial reports were approved as presented.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted a $100 donation from Old Fort Lions Club covering Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar registration for Nicole Fry.

• Approved a Developmental Disabilities Program contract with North Point Educational Services for special education services at Flat Rock Education Center.

• Accepted the resignation of Ashley Pugh, fourth-grade teacher.

• Hired supplemental athletic personnel pending proper paperwork and background checks

The board is to meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Old Fort High School library.