Board updated on district projects

By Melanie Speicher -

SIDNEY — The status on district projects was discussed during Monday night’s Sidney City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Superintendent John Scheu told the board that the Northwood Elementary School gym has been “ripped out.”

“There was evidence of water under the gym floor,” said Scheu. “It took them 6 hours to rip it out.”

Scheu said the concrete has been poured and he expects the project to be completed by the time students come back to school in January.

The entrance door at Emerson School was also replaced Monday, he said.

Scheu and Business Manager Jerry Harmon have been talking with the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department about “things that have been lingering for a few years.”

“These repairs are taking place,” said Scheu. “It’s nice to have a few weeks off to get them all done.”

Harmon said the health department told him “some things were written up and when they came back the next year, the same things were written up.”

“Some of them (write ups) are new items. Some we were recommended to fix and we didn’t do it,” said Scheu.

Harmon said he is working with the maintenance department to make sure all of the items are fixed. He’s hoping the health department inspector will come back once all the items are fixed/repaired.

“The health department has sent me all the reports,” said Harmon. “I want to get them all done within the next week and a half.”

Scheu said the district is working to have a “better form of communication to get things done.”

In other business, the board:

• Continued membership in the Ohio School Boards Association for calendar year 2017 at a cost of $5,995.

• Accepted a $1,000 donation from St. John’s Lutheran Church for the purchase of a washer and dryer at Sidney Middle School.

• Accepted a $100 donation from board member Paul Heins and a $500 donation from Scheu for the Board/Administration Scholarship fund.

• Accepted the resignations of Emily Scheu, girls tennis coach, and G.C. Kimmel, middle school football coach. Both said time constraints were the reasons for their resignations. Kimmel is pursuing completion of coursework for his administration license, while Scheu is pursuing completion of her master’s degree.

• Employed Nicole Frew and Christina Knott as aides at $14.23 per hour effective Jan. 3, 2017. Both are current substitute aides at Longfellow and Northwood. Scheu said there was a need to hire them full time.

• Employed Justin Setiff as a home instruction tutor on a one-year limited, as-needed contract, at $25.35 per hour effective Dec. 8.

• Approved the eighth-grade student trip to Washington, D.C., for May 30 to June 4. Trip expenses will be paid by the student.

• Appointed Brook Gessler as president pro tem for the organizational meeting on Jan. 9.

The board’s next meeting will be Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.

By Melanie Speicher

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822; follow her on Twitter @MelSpeicherSDN. Follow the SDN on Facebook,

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822; follow her on Twitter @MelSpeicherSDN. Follow the SDN on Facebook,