New Riegel Board of Education: Snow day means school on Presidents’ Day

Winter weather has created problems for area school districts. New Riegel School Board members met Monday night to approve making up cancellations.

The negotiated agreement with staff allowed seven calamity days but they have now had eight cancellation days. They plan to attend school on Presidents’ Day to make it up.

If there should be a ninth and 10th day of cancellation, make up days will be Thursday and Monday of the spring break. School would be in session on Good Friday if an 11th calamity day occurs.

Superintendent Dave Rombach stated the district anticipates registering 30 students for kindergarten, with 18 already registered. Parents may register in advance on the school website and screening will be open to the general public May 11.

He noted New Riegel is hosting the National Machinery Awards ceremony March 11.

Justin Johnson, 5-12 principal, announced Julia Reinhart won Best of Show at the Tiffin Art Guild High School student exhibition for her “Head in the Clouds” drawing and it will be on display until Friday.

Johnson reported that area school technology coordinators are discussing the formation of an esports league for students. He also noted county principals are considering a student leadership collaborative for projects taking the information back to their home districts to build leadership within their schools and hope to have the program in place by next school year.

Johnson relayed that the National Honor Society penny war raised $476 and the Student Council awareness game benefitted the leukemia lymphoma foundation by $1,100.

Treasurer Jane Schalk reported the district received a property tax settlement of $149,175 and the audit is in progress.

Buffalo Wild Wings’ New Riegel Night’ is set for 6-9 p.m. Monday.

The Athletic Booster Club is to conduct its reverse raffle at 6 p.m. April 13.

Board members entered into executive session for discussion of collective bargaining issues.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the treasurer’s report as submitted.

• Approved the transfer of $9,567.88 from the General Fund to the Permanent Improvement Fund which represents casino money received in January.

• Entered into agreements with Terra State Community College, University of Findlay, Tiffin University and Heidelberg University for College Credit Plus programs for 2019-20.

• Accepted the resignation of Alisa Hoefs as cleaner effective Jan. 15.

• Approved Robert Girand as cleaner for the remainder of the school year.

• Approved supplemental contracts for Mitchell Reinhart as assistant baseball coach; Brad Zoeller as junior high track coach; and Kristen Hess as assistant junior high track coach.

• Approved volunteer coaches Jason King and Andrew Hohman for baseball.

• Reviewed and approved the wellness board policy required by the National School Lunch Program.

• Amended and approved the 2019-20 school calendar.

The board of education is to meet at 7 p.m. March 18.