Fifth grade students from Nate Hoverman’s homeroom class shared a literature discussion as part of a demonstration at the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education meeting Wednesday. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Fifth grade students from Nate Hoverman’s homeroom class shared a literature discussion as part of a demonstration at the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education meeting Wednesday. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education was treated to a demonstration by a group of seven fifth graders from Nate Hoverman’s homeroom class. The students shared a sample literature circle that is part of their classroom time. The seven discussed an assigned book, “Bud, not Buddy,” with special emphasis on characters, situations, and questions. The children brought forward their insights about a passage from the book and conducted a full discussion for the board members.

The board accepted the retirement resignations of principal Beth Runnion after 30 years in education, 15 1/2 half with Van Wert City Schools, and Darla Jean Kovar after 30 years with VECS. Other resignations accepted were for high school English teacher Michelle Stoller, and Nikki Staten as JV softball coach. Supplemental contracts were approved for Ashley Holden as JV softball coach, Nancy Brown, Myrna Hamrick, and Keith Utendorf as senior project teachers with two classes each, and Natoshia WIlhelm as senior project leader with one class, and Aaron Carr as a volunteer baseball coach.

Board members also approved the agreement between the district and Van Wert County Family and Children First to be the designated administrative agent for a two-year period beginning July 1, 2014.

The board also approved the amended official certificate of estimated resources for fiscal year 2014 with General Fund resources of $23,411,495.60 and total resources of $40,336,132.24., and the amended fiscal year 2013 permanent appropriations of $20,916,227.89 and total appropriations in all funds of $34,448,906.07.