HAMLER — The Patrick Henry Local Schools Board of Education Monday approved multiple personnel matters, which included the resignations of long-time employees of the district.

Superintendent Dr. Josh Biederstedt said five retirement resignations were submitted, which were all approved by the board.

These retirements included high school social studies teacher Rick Fricke, who worked for Patrick Henry for 37 years, a total of 40 overall in education. Becky Watson has served in teaching roles ranging from elementary to high school for Patrick Henry, with 24 years to the district and 35 years overall in education.

Karen Phillips served in multiple teaching roles for PH, with 24 years to the district and 31 years overall in education. Bethany Gable has also served in multiple teaching roles, with 16 years to the district and 35 years overall in education. Education aide Pam Knueven has worked for PH for 24 years, working a total of 25 years in education.

With the exception of Knueven, whose resignation is effective Nov. 2, the retirements are effective at the end of the school year.

Biederstedt pointed out these resignations include 160 years of overall education experience, with 110 of those years being in the Patrick Henry district.

“That’s quite a long time,” he said. “We’re very thankful for what these people have done for our school and community.”

In the other personnel matters, the board:

•Approved a tech coordination agreement with the Northwest Ohio Computer Association, effective through June 20.

•Approved a resolution to employ substitute teachers during the 2021-22 school year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent legislative bill has temporarily allowed school districts to waive the requirement of a post-secondary degree for substitutes due to the demand for such staffing.

•Employed Ashley Shanks as an elementary aide for the 2021-22 school year.

•Employed Justin Deuel as a bus driver for the 2021-22 school year.

•Approved revised language for the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) coordinator stipends for the 2021-22 school year.

•Approved a recommendation from the Patrick Henry School District Public Libraries board for Lisa Crouch to fill the open position of the library board, effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2027.

•Approved substitute teacher and aide lists for Patrick Henry and the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the 2021-22 school year.

•Entered executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters. No action was reported taken following the session.

The board also entered a work session that followed the regular meeting. Biederstedt reported the session was a strategic planning session to discuss multiple capital improvement projects.

No actions were taken by the board, but it was reported the board met with Biederstedt, Fiscal Officer Breanna DeWit, and Buildings, Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor Meyer to prioritize possible projects. These projects will be the topic of discussions that will be held in the coming months.

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