Riders Nab Honor

ST. MARYS — The St. Marys City Schools District Board of Education approved a resolution of commendation for students Kristen Dammeyer and TJ Wirth as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program during their meeting Wednesday night.

The students placed in the top 5 percent of all students who took the SAT test in October 2012. They were two of 34,000 students to receive this commended status.

Also during the meeting, Guidance Counselors Deb Hinckley and Bill Cheslock discussed the new Guidance Wednesdays program they started at the high school. The program is a collaboration with Wright State University Lake Campus, and serves to help students be better prepared for a career and college-ready by the time they graduate.

“There is one presentation a month for each grade level during Rider Time,” Hinckley said. “By the end of the year, students will have had the opportunity to hear seven different grade-level specific programs. (With) freshmen, we are focusing on study skills, time management, social skills building, math and writing workshops and high school course work to kind of get them started on the right foot as they prepare for their futures.”

Sophomores hear about money management, career exploration, hear a little bit about college and alternatives to college, among other topics. Juniors and seniors hear more in-depth presentations about college and taking the necessary steps to prepare for life after high school.

Hinckley also talked about a program in conjunction with Jared Ebbing of Hometown Opportunities to make students aware of jobs and other opportunities in the area.

“Once a month, Jared will be coming in along with area businesses and other speakers to talk about the main career areas on the Hometown Opportunity website,” she said. “We’re going to target sophomores and juniors because we felt (these were) the grade levels that were trying to make decisions and look at career options.”

The first program will focus on the agriculture and food science industries, with representatives from WSU’s food science department and the CEO of Safeway Foods speaking to students.

Transportation Supervisor Dan Grothause spoke to board members on the reimplementation of full-service busing.

“I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of the transportation department for everyone’s patience and understanding last week during the reimplementation of full busing,” he said. “There was a lot of work that went on behind the scenes by teachers, administrators, drivers, everybody, to make sure that went off as smoothly as it did.”

In other business, members:

• Approved the minutes from the Sept. 11, 2013, regular meeting and the Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, 2013, special meetings, Star Ohio Investment Report, Student Activity Report, Financial Report and bills paid.

• Approved several retirements and appointments under items related to personnel.

• Approved a transfer (carry-over balance) of $340.37 from the Title I Fund 572-9913 to Title I Fund 572-9914.

• Accepted donations from:

• Dan Muhlenkamp of Preferred Insurance in Coldwater, of a newspaper subscription entitled Ohio Community Studies Weekly for a fourth grade classroom.

• Carol Schroeder of a Hammond Elegante Organ for concerts and performances.

• The St. Marys Rotary Club of dictionaries for all third graders.

• Approved a resolution adopting the tentative agreement ratified by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees.