Tiger heads list of logos

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members officially accepted a submission from a long-time resident and made that design the official logo for the school.

Alice Carter, a familiar sight at athletic and other school-related events in the community, submitted the winner entry out of 28 submitted. Carter is a professional photographer and takes pictures at many school events.

The contest was originally sponsored by the school’s Athletic Booster organization. Having the logo will give the district a chance to make a percentage off of sales at retail outlets when items with the logo are sold. A “Tiger Election Day” was held May 8 at the school for students and staff. Alumni were also mailed ballots and had until Monday at the end of the school day to submit their ballots.

Carter’s logo design received 189 of the 751 total votes, well ahead of the second place total of 105.

An original contest was publicized by the school and ran from January until April but received little participation. However, when a new logo was chosen from the five submitted, many people disapproved of the new logo or felt it didn’t need to be changed, despite the school not having an official logo.

Many people responded with their dislike of the new logo, which prompted a second contest.

New changes in the school’s athletic policy will allow athletes to participate in two sports during the same season.

The new addition will allow students in grades 7-12 to participate in two sports, given the fact that they choose one as a primary sport. The policy will state the athlete must participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled events in each sport during the season.

The 2012 Ohio Graduation Tests gave the district plenty to be optimistic about when the school’s report card is issued later this year.

Of 41 sophomores taking the test, 30 passed all five tests. The school rated highest in reading and social studies, where 93 percent passed. In the other areas, 90 percent passed the science tests and 85 percent each passed the math and writing portions.

“It shows we are in position to move up in the state rankings,” Superintendent Chris Pfister said.

Board members closed the meeting with a lengthy executive session for negotiations as the board is currently in negotiations with teachers. Negotiations began April 14. The board and teachers have met twice since negotiations began.

Pfister said negotiations are moving slow but are progressing.