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Superintendent’s contract extended
By Jane Maiolo
Dan Creps will be staying on as superintendent of Rossford Schools.
Following an executive session at the August 17 meeting, the Board of Education voted to extend Mr. Creps’ contract by three years with no adjustment of his salary. The contract runs from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2018.
“I’m very excited and happy to serve the district,” said the superintendent.
A Rossford native and RHS graduate, Mr. Creps was hired April 1, 2013, replacing interim superintendent Bill McFarland.
He came to Rossford from Perrysburg School District where he served as principal of Woodland Elementary School.
Mr. Creps has a bachelor’s degree in education from Wittenberg University and a master’s in education from the University of Toledo. He received his superintendent license from the University of Findlay.
The school board also awarded an administrative contract to Neal Applin as interim transportation director through January 1, 2016.
Beginning in January and through July 31, 2017, Mr. Applin will be the director of transportation.
He replaces Jeff Culler who is retiring after 35 years of service to the district.
“We are certainly going to miss his expertise and mechanical expertise,” said Mr. Creps.
Mr. Culler expressed his appreciation to the board and community. “It’s been a great experience.”
The school board also accepted the resignation of Ken Rosplohowski, middle school math teacher, effective August 12. He will be replaced by Lisa Lewis.
Other personnel hired for 2015-16 are Lauren Harrison, guidance counselor; Alice Buehrle, Elizabeth Tolson, Becky Schardt, Laura Egli, Kayla Weil and Lauren O’Hare, intervention specialists, as of August 18, $27.69/hour; Jeanine Alexander, guidance office secretary, as of August 18, $19.24/hour; Karla Durco, part-time junior high secretary, $17.73/hour; Nancie DeVaul, cook/cashier at Eagle Point Elementary, two hours per day, as of August 19, $16.55/hour; Traci Cortese, cook/cashier at Glenwood Elementary, as of August 19, two hours per day, $16.55/ hour, and Patty Welch, bus driver, as of August 19, 3.5 hours per day, $22.20/hour.
Supplemental Contracts
The board accepted the resignation of Rob Hunter, freshman volleyball coach, effective July 20.
In addition, they awarded a number of supplemental contracts for 2015-16.
They are Miki Hodge, chess advisor, $1,183; D.J. Hiner, choral director, $3,155; Ronald Demko, building technology representative, $2,761; Martha Fellman, assistant building technology representative, $1,380; Shelly Bertsch, RHS book club, $789; Dan Saygers, department head–art, library, special education, $2,366; Tim Edmond, department head English and business, $2,366; Matt Schlatter, department head math, $2,366; Ronald Demko, department head science, $2,366; Chuck Cox, department head social studies, $2,366; T. Brian Vorst, department head physical education, health and music, $2,366; Julie Zatko, drama club advisor, $6,310; Ryan Mahaffey, drama club assistant, $2,761; Mr. Hiner, drama instrumental director, $1,183 and drama vocal director, $1,183; Justin Kelley, instrumental music director, $5,127; Marcy Lark-Schlatter, international club, $1,183; Nancy Czajka, majorette advisor, $1,183; Heather Traxler, National Honor Society, $1,183; Mr. Edmond, RHS newspaper, $789 and yearbook, $1,577; Dan Amborski, RHS Quiz Bowl advisor, $1,183; Donna Linthicum, RHS Red Cross, $789; Graciela Sofo and Katie Grinonneau, student council, $1,183 prorated; Kelly Hawk and Lisa Wehrmeister, class advisors, $394.50 each prorated; Heather Smith-Nissen and Sandy Komisarek, sophomore class advisors, $591.50 each prorated; Miki Hodge, junior class advisor, $1,183; Ms. Traxler and Ms. Grinonneau, senior class advisors, $591.50 prorated; Ms. Hawk and Ms. Grinonneau, homebound tutors, $27.69/hour; Mr. Kelley, 10 days per negotiated agreement; Ms. Wehrmeister and Mr. Saygers, 20 days per negotiated agreement; Crystal Murtha, freshman volleyball, $3,549; Lauren Harrison and Jennifer Lewis, 10 days per diem rate; Ms. Bertsch, Terri Retzloff and Tricia Hastings and Brittaney Fenderson, 5 days per diem rate; Shane Strausbaugh, high school site manager, $4,338; Mr. Hunter, freshman football, $4,338; Mike Pierce, girls varsity soccer, $5,127; Mr. Rosplohow-ski, strength coach, $7,887; James Hentges, assistant cross country, $3,549; Mr. Vorst, boys varsity basketball, $8,282; Eric Simon, girls varsity basketball, $8,282; Randy Hussar, varsity wrestling, $7,098; Justin Reitz, bowling, $3,549; Ryan DeMars, seventh grade football, $3,549; Mark Skala, eighth grade football, $3,549, and Jenna Bachmayer, seventh grade volleyball, $3,155.
The board also approved several volunteers: Breann Cajka, majorettes and cheerleading; Joel Boardman, marching/concert bands; Mary Haas and Judy Heban, Glenwood Elementary; Robert Hoff and Glenn Yarger Jr., marching/concert bands, and Tom Kralovic, boys golf.
Other Business
In other business, the board:
•Entered into an agreement with the Wood County Juvenile Detention Center/Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio for the education option program in 2015-16.
•Appointed Beverly Koch as delegate and Dawn Burks as the alternate to the Ohio School Boards Association meeting in November.
•Entered into an agreement with WSOS Community Action for the early childhood program in 2015-16.
•Renewed an agreement for 2015-16 with the Ohio Schools Council for the cooperative purchasing program at a cost of $883.
Treasurer James Rossler Jr. said the benefits “far outweigh the cost,” providing advantages such as a 10 percent discount through its energy for education program.
•Approved the exempt administrative employees negotiated agreement, which took effect July 1, 2015 and runs through June 30, 2017. The agreement affects six employees and does not include any pay increases.
The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m., Monday, September 21 at Indian Hills, 401 Glenwood Road, and is open to the public.


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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.

Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.

The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.

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