Sidney BOE hires golf, girls tennis coaches

By Melanie Speicher -

SIDNEY — Two coaches for the 2017-18 school year were hired Monday night, along with the awarding of contracts for spring sports, during the Sidney City Schools Board of Education meeting.

Bill Rippey was hired as head golf coach, while Donovan Gregory was hired as head girls tennis coach. Both Rippey and Gregory will be paid $1,878 as first year coaches. Rippey is an eighth-grade math teacher with the district. Gregory is a social studies teacher with the district.

Superintendent John Scheu said he wanted the pair hired so they would have a chance to meet with the athletes prior to the season starting in the fall.

Other coaches given supplemental contracts were Wade New, head softball coach, $5,362; Kerri Adkins, junior varsity softball coach, $2,006; Chuck Westerbeck, freshman/assistant varsity softball coach, $1,824; Tim Tennant, Sidney Middle School softball coach, $1,459; Thomas Goffena, head baseball coach, $4,377; Bill Shoffner, junior varsity baseball coach, $3,830; Frank Guillozet, freshman, assistant varsity baseball coach, $3,283; Sam Young, SMS baseball coach, $1,824; Mike Roby, SMS baseball coach, $1,459;

Also, Evan Baker, head boys track coach, $2,647; Ruthie Baker, head girls track coach, $4,377; Allan Egbert, assistant track coach, $4,021; Joe Stockton, assistant track coach, $1,185; Shane Kelley, assistant track coach, $1,185; Brian Johnson, assistant track coach, $2,371; Ian Klinger, assistant track coach, $2,371; Frank Hall, SMS track coach, $3,447; Joe Spangler, SMS track coach, $3,447; ShaRhonda Johnson, SMS track coach, $1,824; Adam Doenges, spring strength coach, $1,094; and Kyle Coleman, summer strength coach, $1,094.

Other employees hired Monday night include:

• Kathy Lambert, assistant cook, one-year contract, $10.50 per hour;

• Tina Werntz and Kellie Shepherd, substitute teachers, one-year contract, as needed basis, $90 per day;

• Courtney Davidson, home instruction tutor, one-year contract, $25.35 per hour;

• Bob Barnes and Ketaki Buddhadev, substitute aides, one-year contract, $11.01 per hour;

• Greg Snyder, summer school director, $4,012;

• Michelle Angell, Carey Bonifas, Robyn Gossard, Michelle Rudasill, Kimberly Marquez, Angie Gosciewski, Jason Alexander (sub), Carla Kohler (sub), Annette Johnson, Melissa McClain, Brandi Clune and Amanda Martin, Title 1 After School program teachers, $26 per hour each;

• Eileen Ferree, Judith Shepherd, Julia Helman and Tracy Watkins (sub), Title 1 After School program aides, $12.23 per hour each;

• Bill Rippey, Ann Huffman, Ken Kellner, Megan Shadley, Leslie Phlipot, Sam Young, Nish Golden, Laurie Jordan, Joe Moniaci and Shaun dunlap, T3 Tutoring program t SMS teachers, $26 per hour each.

The board also accepted the resignation due to retirement of Diane Barber, Emerson aide, effective June 1, 2017. She has been with the district for 20 years.

A new course at Sidney High School was approved by the board. Starting with the 2017-18 school year, weight training will be offered to the students. The class will be for one semester for 1/2 credit. Before a student can take the course they must meet the requirements for physical education.

“We want to find courses students want to take instead of going to study hall,” said Brooke Gessler, curriculum director.

The course will be taught by Kyle Coleman, who is the health and physical education teacher at the high school.

A motion to purchase and install a new clock and bell system at the high school was tabled until more information can be received. The board questioned whether the cost, $25,864.04 from Low Voltage Solutions, included repeaters that might be needed.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted $50 donations from Mitch Hoying and Eric Barr for the Board/Administration Scholarship Fund.

• approved a $5,000 supplemental pay for the 2016-17 school year for John Michalos who assumed additional responsibilities in the technology department following the resignation of Eric Finke.

• Approved a student fee for the Credit Flex program as part of summer school. Students will be able to take physical education and health through the program during the summer. The cost is $25 for the first half credit and $10for each additional half credit.

• Approved two overnight trips for the Academia Team so it can complete in tournaments. Expenses will be paid by the students. The trips are to Solon, Ohio, Feb. 18-19, and Chicago, Illinois, June 9-11.

• Learned the competition cheer team qualified for state competition on March 5.

• Learned the Mock Trial team will be competing in district competition Friday, Feb. 10, in Findlay.

The board held an executive session to consider the employment of an employee; to discuss negotiations; and to discuss security arrangements or emergency response protocols of the district. No action was taken.

The board’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. at the board of education building.

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,