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Selgo Compliments Staff On Bus Crash Response

Jayson Selgo, Archbold school superintendent, recognized Linda Schmidt, district transportation coordinator; members of the school administrative team; and district bus drivers for their help during the March 27 school bus crash.

Speaking at the Monday, April 15 school board meeting, Selgo said one thing he appreciated was the way the bus drivers came together to support JoAnn Cousino, driver of the bus involved in the crash, and make sure the students on and just outside the bus were safe.

About 4:06 pm, Wednesday, March 27, Cousino’s bus was stopped in the eastbound lane in the 24000 block of US 6. She just dropped off two students when the bus was struck from behind by a semi truck driven by Kelly Jay Braden, 48, Monroe, Mich.

The bus suffered extensive damage and was pushed partially off the right side of the road by the impact. The semi went off the left side of the road. The tractor cab was knocked off the frame.

Braden and Cousino were treated and released at the Fulton County Health Center. Two students on the bus were not injured.

Justen Vocke, Henry County sheriff deputy and a crash reconstruction specialist, said his final report on the crash should be complete sometime this week.

Selgo said the other drivers helped Cousino so she would be ready to come back to work.

Principals

Dorothy Lambert, elementary principal, said state testing for students started in April with third and fourth grade English language arts. Math testing is to start at the end of the month.

She said her students did well, and the elementary teachers did a good job preparing their students.

Matt Shields, middle school principal, said those in his building have been “kneedeep in testing” as well.

Every student in the building is involved in testing in one form or another, he said.

Shields said the middle school is also undergoing a major change in curriculum.

Traditionally, reading and English have been taught as separate classes.

Thanks to changes in state standards, reading, writing, English, and speech will be taught as one interconnected class.

The school has been making steps toward integrating the subjects, but starting next year, Shields said the teachers and administrators will be “taking the big leap” and begin teaching the subjects as one combined area.

He added he is happy, “everybody is on board with that.”

Royal Short, high school principal, invited board members to attend the school senior citizen luncheon, Friday, April 26. The program will include musical performances and speeches by the students.

Board members approved an agreement with the Northwest

Ohio Educational Service Center to have it provide special education services.

Regulations

Christine Ziegler, district treasurer, said the Ohio Department of Education has changed the rules for procurement of special education services.

She added the ODE has yet to issues regulations for the procurement of those services.

She said the board held off approving the agreement with the ESC as long as it could, and can document that for school auditors.

The district received three donations during the preceding month. Anonymous donors contributed a total of $2,950 to the football program, while the Archbold Athletic Boosters donated $1,683.28 in weight room equipment.

The board approved distribution of proceeds from the high school concession stand to students’ activity accounts and organizations, based on the amount of work those groups put in at the stand:

After-prom committee $3,615.50; athletic department, $3,156.93; Class of 2020, $2,582.50; Archbold Football Club, $2,066; varsity cheerleaders, $1,807.75; football program: $1,291.25; athletic boosters, high school Art Club, physics, Spanish Club, $1,033 each; Student Council, Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America, high school principal fund, $774.75 each; girls basketball program, choir, $516.50; National Honor Society, boys soccer program, basketball program, $258.25 each.

Roel Galvan, board member, was absent.

The next meeting is Monday, May 20, 4:30 pm, in the AHS media center.