Wooster City Schools Board of Education
Meeting on Monday, September 19
KEY ACTION Cody Austin was sworn in as the new board member by Treasurer Amy Welty, replacing Michael Knapic, who stepped down Aug. 24.
DISCUSSION Austin, who is an assistant football coach for the district, resigned from the position.
“He will no longer be a paid coach,” Wooster Superintendent Gabe Tudor told the board, “but he will still help as a volunteer.”
Knapic’s resignation left the position of vice chairman of the board vacant. Nominated by board member Ryan Kuzma, Danielle Schantz was chosen as the new vice president.
Austin, who will serve Knapic’s term ending in December 2023, will also take on all Knapic board assignments.
Wooster High assistant principal on leave
A medical leave of Wooster High School vice-principal Margaret Davis led to a staff reshuffle. Middle school intervention specialist Bonnie Brown, who holds an administrative license, is now temporary dean of high school students, per an agreement between the board and the Wooster Education Association. A Certified Surrogate Intervention Specialist will replace Brown.
Davis’ leave will continue through the winter break. Brown’s appointment is for two months, Tudor said.
Board member Danielle Schantz asked how the dean of students works at Edgewood Middle School.
“Jeff Spitler did a really good job,” Tudor said. Hiring a third person to join Edgewood Manager Shannon Federinko and Deputy Manager CJ Spreng “has been very valuable at the start of the year. I think we’ve gotten off to a really good start with this job.”
“You have three levels there, so that’s a lot of kids,” Tudor said.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- Tudor said the district reviewed 10 architectural firms for the facilities master plan and selected one “to begin negotiating contracts with.” He might have a recommendation for Tuesday’s board meeting. “We feel good where we are,” especially helping the community visualize the next step in the process, he said.
- Two reports will be presented during the regular session on Tuesday. One will focus on eligibility for kindergarten/preschool and a possible recommendation to the board to change the policy. The second report will spotlight Wooster High School’s new eSports club.
- The results of the state bulletins are expected to be presented at the October meeting, Tudor said.
- Wooster High School senior Jacob Hannan will join the council as a student representative from September to December. Another student will have the opportunity in January. Hannan will not be a voting board member, but rather a student intern, said board chair Sue Herman.
NEXT Meet at 7 p.m. on September 27 at Wooster High School’s Large Group Instruction Room at 515 Oldman Road. The meeting is also being streamed live on the district’s YouTube station.