Members of the FCCLA and supervisor Linda Ragan gave a presentation to the Van Wert City School Board of Education Wednesday about the group’s effort to make a blanket for each veterans on several Honor Flights out of Ft. Wayne. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Members of the FCCLA and supervisor Linda Ragan gave a presentation to the Van Wert City School Board of Education Wednesday about the group’s effort to make a blanket for each veterans on several Honor Flights out of Ft. Wayne. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — Two presentations were made to the members of the Van Wert City School Board of Education at the March meeting on Wednesday. Linda Ragan brought two FCCLA members to share information about the group’s efforts to make a blanket for each person on several Honor Flights out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The group made 70 blankets for the first flight and presented them to the veterans. The group has funding to give blankets to two more flights this spring.

Principal Bill Wisher of the Early Childhood Center also made a presentation explaining some of the successes and the challenges he and his staff have encountered.

Superintendent Ken Amstutz explained the situation with the calamity day situation. The board approved the 2014-15 school calendar at Wednesday’s meeting, and Amstutz advised that currently the last day for students this year will be June 2. The district is using that last day and three blizzard bag days as the required four make-up days. Any future make up dates will come during the first week of June, if more cancellations are needed.

Approved was the satellite program agreement between Vantage Career Center and Van Wert City Schools for 2014-15.



The board accepted the retirement resignation of John Butler after 30 years with the district. That resignation is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Also resigning are Speech-Language pathologist Allison Sebastion, and head soccer coach Matt Hernandez.

The board accepted donations from several persons and organizations. Among the donors: CBJ Farms, Eaton Corporation, Walmart, Action For Healthy Kids, Kevin and Dondra Maney, Martha and Matthew Miller, Edward and Tavie Buhl, First Federal Savings and Loan, Van Wert Fire Equipment Co., and the Cooper Family Foundation.

Supplemental contracts for coaches and staff during the 2014-15 school year were granted for Brendon Moody, Kim Laudick, Keith Recker, Jason Cross, Craig Syphrit, Ryan Parrish, Drew Golden, Adam Tussing, Jeff Hood, Matt Hernandez, Rich Nouza, Chuck Rollins, Vicki Smith, Ashley Holden, Diana Kiehl, Katie Parrish, Betty Holliday, Kylee Moody, Charlie Witten, Make Collins, Jay Royer, Seth Baer, Judy Krites, Tami Suzuki, Jamie Crippen, Shad Foster, Trent Temple, Kim Clifton, Darla Dunlap. Matt Krites was approved as a volunteer coach.