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School Board Approves Donations, Personnel Actions At Meeting



The Archbold School Board accepted donations totaling almost $49,000 and approved several personnel actions during its Monday, Nov. 20 meeting.

The largest portion of donations came from the estate of longtime teacher and resident Lucinda “Cindy” Heckel, who died Jan. 1.

The board approved accepting cash and Farmers & Merchants Bancorp stock with a total value (as of Oct. 24) of $45,070.79.

Heckel, AHS ‘69, taught at the elementary school for many years. She retired in 2012.

The second-largest donation was a marching baritone horn valued at $1,880 for the AHS Marching Band.

Beth Voll, AHS band director, said a marching baritone has its bell– the point where the sound leaves the horn– pointed at the audience. A concert baritone bell faces straight up, so the sound is reflected off the ceiling.

The donor chose to remain anonymous.

An anonymous gift of $600 was made for yearbooks for students of the Class of 2017, plus another anonymous gift of $200 was made to purchase street banners designed by AHS students.

Marco’s Pizza donated $573 to district athletics. Another $500 was received from the Archbold McDonald’s for McTeacher Nights for the elementary and middle schools.

Personnel

The board approved oneyear contracts with teachers for the Elementary After- School Program. Teachers selected were Mindy Gruenhagen, Jeff Benecke, Kara Bacik, Miranda Wills, Dustie Vocke, Amy DeLong, Jason Bacik and Shannon Schmucker.

Jamie Zagarella, another elementary teacher, was granted a one-year contract as coordinator for the program.

One-year contracts were also approved for Greg Kuhlman as winter concessions manager and Michael Short as musical assistant.

A one-year supplemental contract awarded to Kent Vandock as musical director was rescinded. The contract was then divided and reissued between Vandock, Adam Grisier, and Caleb Wyse.

Ashton Johns and Rachel Wiemken were granted supplemental contracts as middle school cheerleading coaches. Each will receive 50% of the remainder of the contract.

A one-year contract issued to Kevin Bostelman as high school wrestling coach was rescinded, and a new oneyear contract was issued for him to serve as junior high wrestling coach.

The board approved a one-year contract to Grant Burkholder as assistant high school wrestling coach.

The board voted to offer a one-year contract to Diane Keefer as a classified employee substitute. Her contract was effective Oct. 1.

A second one-year contract was approved for Ron Rice as a classified employee substitute.

Jesse Fidler was recognized as a volunteer girls basketball coach.

Mason Babcock was granted a one-year contract as a student worker.

All contracts are for the 2017-18 school year.

Library

Board members approved reappointing Jay Budde to the Archbold Community Library Board.

Budde has served one seven year term on the board, and begins a second term Jan. 1, 2018.



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