November 23, 2021


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Categories: Special needs education

Hicksville college board hears public considerations on incident | Native Training

HICKSVILLE – The Hicksville Exempted Village Schools Education Committee heard comments from several visitors about a verbal incident between a student and a high school advisor in September during its monthly meeting on Monday.

In the words of one visitor, the counselor “cursed a student for 15 minutes” during a meeting in September that was recorded by the student.

Of the around 20 public visitors to the meeting, around eight spoke and expressed the wish to see the counselor on leave or as a school worker.

The board thanked the visitors for their contributions and informed them that they would further investigate the situation.

During the administrative reports to the board, High School Director Jeff Slattery noted that recent parent-teacher meetings had risen from October 20-21, and also noted that the recent Veterans Day meeting was a success and recognized the efforts of the staff involved members and thanked the local veterans for their presence and service.

Slattery also congratulated Innovative Interviews team members Trista Bond, Dlaney Begley and Olivia Clark for making it to the finals of the competition on November 4th at Defiance College. The trio, advised by Josh Freese, will compete in the spring at a location to be announced.

Superintendent Keith Countryman announced that Eric Vetter will be the newest member of the Hicksville Board of Education in January and congratulated Vetter.

Countryman also informed the board of its weekly COVID-19 notifications and that cases have remained consistent from week to week, with about two positive cases reported, but no more than five per week. Countryman urged parents to leave their children at home if they are sick or have a fever as the flu cases increase.

Finally, Countryman started a discussion about accepting a new position to work with special needs students as special school directors or student union directors, as around 18 to 20 percent of students in the district were identified as students with special needs with an individualized education program.

“This position would be a great asset to the district and a great help to our three principals and our psychologists,” said Countryman. “I’m in the process of gathering information from other counties on a job description, wages, and other items related to the position.”

In other transactions, the board of directors has:

• Congratulated Hicksville Middle School Spelling Bee Champion Jordys Vance and runner-up Hannah Ridgway after the bee took place on Monday. Both will compete in the Defiance County Spelling Bee on January 18th at 7pm in Ayersville.

• Received donations of US $ 113.04 from Betty Guilford to STEM, US $ 500 from the Ohio State Eagles Charity Fund for Student of the Quarter, and 12 volleyballs from Adam and Rebecca Zeedyk.

• Approved additional contracts for Dave Blue (head athletics trainer), Andrew Lawrence (head softball trainer), Paul Payne (ladder trainer boy), Liz Perna (junior class advisor, one third and prom advisor, one third), Natalie Zachrich ( Archery Advisor), Kara Miser (beginners basketball trainer), Tim Shock (baseball trainer), Ein DeWitt (assistant wrestling trainer) and Jay Sowles (head trainer junior high wrestling).

• Approved Jeff Schroeder (softball) and Bailey Tear (boys basketball) as volunteer coaches.

• Approved a daily maximum of $ 20 for work vacation reimbursement, a grant of $ 400 for Highly Quality Student Data members starting in the 2021-22 school year.

• Approved January 10, 2022 at 5:30 pm as the date and time for the 2022 Board Meeting and appointed Galen Methvin as President Pro-tem.


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