School board recognized

Members of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education were recognized Tuesday for their service during a regular their  monthly meeting.

The recognition of the five board members — Willie Sammetinger, Ron Mertz, Brent Schwartz, Pat Gibson and Eric McKinniss — is done annually during school board recognition month, which falls in January.

This year, as certificates were distributed to the board members, they were met with few claps from a full room as the recognition came prior to the board’s approval of a contract with teachers after months of negotiations in what had become a contentious situation.

Reading a proclamation recognizing the board members before handing each certificates, Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner thanked the board for the countless amount of time they spend in their roles.

“You focus on kids, the school district and the community,” Horner said. “I thank you for all you do. It truly is a thankless job.”

He said board members often lose sleep whether decisions are big or small and whether the district has money or not.

School-district residents were encouraged by Horner and Wapakoneta City Schools Treasurer Susan Rinehart to publicly and privately thank school board members from their school districts for serving the community and for their dedicated service to the children.

In the proclamation, board members were recognized for setting policies and procedures to govern all aspects of school district operation and setting the direction for the community’s public schools by envisioning the community’s educational future.

“The school board keeps attention focused on progress toward the school district’s goals and maintains a two-way communications loop with all segments of the community,” according to the proclamation. “Serving on a school board requires an unselfish devotion of time and service to carry on the mission and business of the school district and the school board must respond on behalf of the community to the educational needs of students and the school board voluntarily accepts the above-mentioned responsibilities.”

In other business during the meeting, the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education employed 23 substitute teachers, one substitute cafeteria worker and two substitute paraeducators for the 2011-12 school year.

Board members met in executive session following the regular meeting for the appointment or employment of a public employee or official. No action was taken.