School merges special-, gifted-ed services

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

FORT LORAMIE — The Fort Loramie Local Schools will save $10,735 this year, thanks to a service agreement with the Midwest Regional Education Service Center — approved by the Fort Loramie School Board — that is different from previous agreements.

In the past, said Superintendent Dan Holland, Fort Loramie contracted for the services of Jeanie Riethman to manage the school’s special education and for two others to manage curriculum education and gifted education. The new agreement puts all three programs under Riethman’s purview.

“We’re sharing her with Houston and Russia,” Holland said.

During its Feb. 15 meeting, the board also approved the use of State Farm grant funds to purchase tables from Innovative Office Solutions Inc. in the amount of $22,000 to furnish the driver’s education classroom.

A requirement of the $100,000 grant was that at least $22,000 be spent on the driver’s education program. The school district has also purchased a driver’s education simulator for $7,000, a projector for use in that classroom for $5,000 and updated the classroom flooring at a cost of $7450.

A committee of students, teachers and administrators is considering options for the use of the remaining $58,550.

In other action during the Feb. 15 meeting, the board:

• Accepted tax rates for 2016-2017.

• Accepted a donation of $92.88 from the Fort Loramie Ace Committee to support the high school student council.

• Approved an agreement with White Oak Lake Organization which permits the cross country team to practice and hold meets there.

• Approved the employment of Amanda Fey and Joni Siegrist at K-1 tutors and theemployment of one substitute teacher for the 2015-2016 school year at the rate of $80 per day.

• Approved changes to the high school registration handbook.

• Approved Eva and Aden Bolin as tuition students for 2016-2017.

• Heard from Holland who gave an overview of scoreboard advertisement signage and reported that the district report card will come out later this month.

• Heard from Junior/Senior High School Principal Kreg Hollenbacher about various sports teams’ tournament play, student athletes who were recognized with league awards, a planned College Credit Plus informational meeting and the Real Money, Real World simulation, to also include Russia, Botkins and Fairlawn schools, scheduled for March 14.

• Heard from Elementary Principal Scott Rodeheffer about plans for Grandparents’ Day, the elementary speller in the regional spelling bee and the planned teacher in-service project.

By Patricia Ann Speelman