District Treasurer Mike Ruen speaks as Van Wert Board Member Scott Mull listens at Wednesday’s Van Wert Board meeting. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
District Treasurer Mike Ruen speaks as Van Wert Board Member Scott Mull listens at Wednesday’s Van Wert Board meeting. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — Superintendent Ken Amstutz reported to the Van Wert Board of Education that the school property at the site of the old Washington Elementary will likely be transferred to the control of Van Wert Youth Football. That vote is expected to come up at the September board meeting. If a deal is reached the school district will handle maintaining the sidewalks, but the mowing would be the youth football organization’s responsibility, Amstutz noted. The district would like to continue to use the property as a bus pick-up location. The Franklin School location is planned as Franklin Park with control eventually going to the City of Van Wert. The city is working with Scott Niswonger on specific plans for the property.

A meeting to discuss project-based learning with parents and community members is set for Sept. 18. At the July board meeting, several parents asked a series of questions about the approach. Since then, another meeting was held with parents, and six specific areas of questions were identified. According to High School Principal Bill Clifton, those areas are being addressed with the faculty as the beginning of classes on Monday.

Amstutz also informed the board members that the district has 162 students on the list for kindergarten and that if the enrollment figure stays near that number, another section of kindergarten will likely be added, making eight sections in all. A final decision will be made sometime on Friday.



Employee contracts dominated the August session discussion at the monthly meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education.

Hired was Jodie Recker, as assistant to the treasurer and payroll benefits specialist beginning full-time on Oct. 1, 2014.

Resignations were accepted from: Shawn Deitemeyer, special education teacher; Trent Temple, in-school suspension monitor; Megan Bittner, preschool teacher; Candice Watson, kindergarten teacher; Chad Kraner, high school play director; Adam Tussing, freshman football coach. Andrea Sealscott was hired as a first grade teacher.

Supplemental contracts were approved for Adam Tussing, Frank Bowen, Zane McElroy, Jordan Daniels, Charlie Witten, Jim Werts, Chris Covey, Mike McClure, Karen McClure, Jay Royer, Ashley Breese, Mitch Price, Mark Collins, Nate Hoverman, Brendon Moody, Bob Priest, Bob Spath, Kerry Koontz, and Mike Meyers. Volunteer coaches Mitch Price, Jeremy Kitson, Alan Carr, Chuck Rollins, Connie Hoverman, and Ben Laudick were approved by the board.

The board also approved a contract with Phelan Insurance for property, general liability, inland marine, automotive, and umbrella coverage with the option of raising the deductable on coverage.

The elementary/middle/high school student handbooks were approved, along with fees for Early Childhood-high school, bus routes, and cafeteria prices. VWASIG representatives for the contract year are Ken Amstutz and Kevin Gehres.

Also approved was the Family and Children First Council contract with Van Wert Hospital for Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Services, a two-year lease with LifeLinks Community School and Ken Amstutz serving as fiscal oversight for LifeLinks, an agreement with Vantage Career Center for the satellite program standards and maintenance, and the standards-based teacher evaluation policy, and the additions to the certified and classified substitute list for the upcoming school year.