Busse elected New Bremen BOE president

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman - For the Sidney Daily News

NEW BREMEN – The New Bremen Board of Education named their new president and vice president and attended to annual organizational duties during its Jan. 15 meeting. They also heard about a state award given to their elementary school.

Shelly Busse was voted in as board president and Michelle Bambauer named vice-president. Baumauer replaced Scott Bertke in that position.

In other organizational action, the board agreed their board meetings would continue to meet on the third Wednesday of each month, with the exception of the meeting in January.

Finally, the board approved fiscal year 2020 general fund appropriations totaling $9,576,387, debt service of $719,543.76, and the K-8 building fund capital project of $6,605,333.

K-6 school Principal Diane Kramer said that New Bremen Elementary was one of the 209 schools that received an overall A performance award from the State Board of Education. The award was based on 2019 local report cards and recognizes high performance, outstanding progress and momentum for students across Ohio. There are approximately 3,600 public schools in Ohio.

Kramer also reported that the school has 62 students (31 girls and 28 boys) registered for kindergarten screening, to be held March 23-24.

Kramer said they had their wrap-up meetings with Garmann-Miller and alternate lists were created for both loose furnishings and playground equipment. Both will go out to bid at the end of this week.

In a related note, she said the Junior Builders Program students participated in celebrating the setting of one of the final beams in the new elementary building. Each student had the opportunity to sign their name on the beam which will be located in the Diane Komminsk Center for Innovative Thinking.

Junior and Senior High Principal Marcus Overman told the board that final details are being put together for scheduling for next school year. He said he has held meetings and distributed paperwork for current sixth- and seventh-grade students.

He also shared honor roll stats. In the high school. 27 achieved high honor roll, 94 placed in the honor roll and 57 students were on the merit roll.

In the middle school, 9 students were in the high honor role list, 44 had honor role status, and 27 made merit role level.

Overman also said the 7-12 Bell Schedule is finally complete. The biggest change from past school year’s schedules is only having 1 CPT. This change will allow all students and teachers to be available at one time during the day, which will allow students to see teachers they need to see on a more frequent basis. It also allows for quick assemblies and meetings to be held at one time rather than split between two times.

He also told the board that Maria Homan and FFA students’ Toy Drive resulted in 1,100 toys donated to Children’s Hospital. Additionally, the Student Council raised over $1,000 this holiday season to spend on toys, gift cards, and meals for needy families in the community. A total of 6 families in the district benefited.

By Sandy Rose Schwieterman

For the Sidney Daily News

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.

The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.