‘The Hangar’ on track at Fairlawn


By Jim Painter - For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY – The Fairlawn Local School Board of Education, Monday, heard that the new vocation workshop being constructed at the school is on schedule.

Named “The Hangar,” the school’s renovated media center is expected to be fully operational for the 2018-19 school year.

Elementary Principal Karen McRill leads the Fairlawn group working with the Workforce Partnership, the Shelby County 4H Education Extension program and the Upper Valley Career Center in the project.

McRill said officials have chosen new furniture for the high school side of the library. A decision for the elementary furniture will be made soon. She said there are current meetings with local 4-H leaders regarding collaborating with the Ohio State Extension office on fundraising ideas.

The Partnership group works to provide training and employment opportunities for high school students to better fit the skills and need of the local labor force. The nonprofit organization creates working relationships with private and public organizations.

The Fairlawn Hangar will be the third such educational lab created in Shelby County. There are others in Fort Loramie and Sidney schools.

Treasurer Keith Doseck presented information from the quarterly review, including the five-year forecast. He indicated the district will be in the black in 2018. He spoke of concerns for the anticipated totals for Fiscal Year 2019.

He noted that property tax will decrease due to revaluation of agriculture lands. He reported the decrease totals $10 million. The income projection for 2019 will be less.

He added that the number of students that open enroll into Fairlawn has decreased. However, the number of students open enrolling out of the district is on the rise.

His report also noted one-time income amounts include $14,300 from the sale of a house, $7,123 from income from the credit cards rewards programs and a refund of $18,385 from the Bureau of Workers Compensation rebate.

Superintendent Jeff Hobbs reported radio testing continues with the school buses. The school is working with P&R Communications, of Sidney, to develop a better radio system between the school and the road vehicles.

Hobbs also reported students have brought in more than 1,000 food items to benefit Agape Distribution. He hopes to possibly double or triple that amount over the next weeks.

Middle/High School Principal John Stekli reported the school’s prom will be April 27 at Shelby Oaks. A mock automobile accident will be staged during school hours, the day of the prom. If the weather is agreeable, the CareFlight helicopter will make an appearance.

He also reported plans for the 2019 student trip to Washington D.C.

In other action, the board:

• Dropped the anticipated hiring of a boys’ soccer coach until the number of players on the team can be verified.

• Approved continuing contracts to Stacy Huelskamp as assistant cook;

• Unanimously, awarded a one-year limited contract to Elizabeth Maxson as Academia Advisor; Cheryl Leighty as senior class advisor; Katrina Maxson as senior class advisor and junior high Honor Society advisor; Danielle Poeppelman as junior class advisor; Tara Berning as sophomore class advisor; Karen Ike as freshman class advisor; Tara Berning as senior high Honor Society advisor; Jill Smith senior high student council advisor; Elisabeth Becker as senior council advisor; Stacy Hamaker as junior high student council advisor; Elisabeth Maxson as musical director, Drama Club, and Power of the Pen advisor; Rebecca Gerardi as art club advisor; Stephanie Everett as tour director; Chris Clark as Envirothon director; Tracy Eilerman; and Jodi Hickman as the lead Local Professional Development Committee.

• Coaching contracts in Stacey Hamaker as varsity assistant volleyball coach; Rycki Schmiesing as senior cheerleaders visor; Ashley Miller as junior varsity; Tonya Slonaker as seventh-grade volleyball coach; Gavin Cathcart as varsity girls’ basketball coach; Justin Tidwell as varsity boys’ coach; Dennis Davis as boys’ junior varsity basketball coach; Dustin Davis as varsity assistant boy’ basketball coach; Kenny Peters, eighth-grade boy’s basketball coach; Andy Brautigam as volunteer freshman boys’ basketball coach.

• Approved one-year bus driving contracts with Kimberly Hooker.

• Accepted the resignation of David Heintz at the end of this school year.

• Accepted a $100 donation from Dell Delight Farms and owners Randall and Connie Sue Sailor.

By Jim Painter

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.