District Earns Ranking

MINSTER — Members of the Minster Board of Education received more details regarding the district’s state ranking during their meeting on Monday.

“We did fantastic,” Minster Superintendent Brenda Boeke said. “We are very, very proud of the fact that we’re 13th. A lot of thanks to our staff and our students — they worked very hard.”

The Ohio Department of Education used a performance index score to rank more than 900 school districts in the state of Ohio.

Minster received an “Excellent With Distinction” ranking. Fellow Midwest Athletic Conference schools Fort Recovery and Versailles also received this ranking, along with Celina City Schools.

Minster finished first in Auglaize County, with New Bremen finishing second in the county and 78th overall. Marion Local finished 21st overall and second overall in Mercer County behind St. Henry, while Fort Loramie finished 34th overall and second in Shelby County behind Botkins.

Waynesfield-Goshen finished last in Auglaize County at 526th in the state, while Sidney finished last out of all the school districts in Auglaize Mercer, Shelby and Darke Counties, at 582nd. Sidney also received the only “Continuous Improvement” ranking in the area.

Minster spent an average of $9,351 for each of its 835 students, which is the second-lowest total in Auglaize County, behind Wapakoneta. While this year’s score was solely based on the performance index, the 2012 scores will also include each district’s average expenditures per student.

“The lower your expenditure amount, the higher the score you will get,” Boeke said. “I fully expect us, as long as we perform as well as we have, to be very high in that ranking because our expenditure is so much lower than almost all of the schools above us.”

Boeke also addressed the district’s recently passed school levy renewal.

“I’d like to publicly thank the voters for passing our Permanent Improvement Levy,” she said. “We obviously need that to keep our school buildings safe and in good shape and so we definitely want to thank the community for passing that.”

Minster Technology Coordinator Greg Berning talked about the work he has done to the district’s new website, which should go live sometime next month.

“I thought the website needed a new facelift, and hopefully not just a facelift but a way to integrate some more information,” Berning said, noting he started work on the website in July.

Berning gained insight from current students and took all of their suggestions into consideration, noting that the biggest suggestion was the addition of more photos to the website. A menu will be located at the top of the homepage so that all of the website can be accessed easily.

“The current page, you have to dig a little bit,” he said.

In addition to more photos and a new menu, the website will also offer easily accessible teacher contact information, among many other new features.

In her treasurer’s report, Laura Klosterman noted that the insurance premium for Minster employees has increased by 6.4 percent. This equates to about an additional $7 for a traditional family health plan.

Boeke announced that a snow removal contact had been signed with Hausfeld Motors for $50 per hour, which is the same cost as last year. Boeke also congratulated the fall sports teams.

“All of our fall sports teams had great seasons,” she said. “We want to especially recognize the golf team for winning the MAC, the boys cross country team for finishing 5th at the regional cross country meet, the girls cross country team for finishing 8th at the state cross country meet and our football team for making the Division VI football playoffs and advancing to regionals.”

The next Minster Board of Education meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 19.