To begin the 2018 year, two new members were appointed to the Northwestern Board of Education; welcoming Dr. Kevin Macy and Dr. Leigh Taylor to Northwestern Schools for deliberation over the board’s many financial and administrative responsibilities.

When asked for comment on her upcoming responsibilities for the board, Dr. Taylor had to say: “I’m just looking forward to serving the community.”

Dr. Macy was quoted on his position with the board: “I look forward to bringing Northwestern into the next four years and improving upon what we’ve been doing addressing all of the issues at hand.”

Dr. Macy is a working physician for Springfield Center Family Medicine, and Dr. Taylor is a licensed and working Chiropractor for Taylor Family Wellness Chiropractic in Huber Heights. Both were sworn into their new positions for the board, making their duties as members official as of Wednesday.

As for the remaining members, Andy Gundolf was appointed as the President of the board after obtaining the unanimous nomination by members present. Board member Libby Hastings was similarly appointed to the position of Vice President.

The board held a tax hearing to authorize this year’s Tax Budget, drawing attention to both Northwestern’s Substitute Levy and Permanent Improvement levy, which both have an end date of 2021 and will be up for renewal.

A service fund of $5,000 was set aside for the purposes of board member conference attendances throughout the year of 2018.

All of the Board’s public meetings will be listed on the Northwestern Local Schools’ website, with the first of the year taking place on January 12th, at 6:00 PM in the Elementary School Library.

Several presentations were received by the Northwestern Board of Education, last Thursday.

Among the presenters were the Northwestern art teachers, Ellie Evans and Elizabeth Hilgenberg, who oversaw the Junior High/High School students who qualified for the Midwestern Artsonia Artcompetition. The competition is exclusive, and only 25% of entries were selected for showing at the event. Among the other Northwestern students whose artwork received notoriety at the event, 9th grader Kyndall Jones won artist of the week with over 1500 votes from other participants.

Artsonia, an organization sponsoring the competition, offers an online art portfolio for all students associated with the even. On top of the online format that they arrange for all of their competitors, the Artsonia organization provides details of students’ work to their parents, and tracks the progress that Junior High/High School students make throughout their school careers. The Artsonia website also allows for students across Midwestern America to comment and collaborate together.

On October 7th, the Northwestern art club participated in the “Chalktoberfest” competition in downtown Springfield, receiving 2nd place overall. The Northwestern students of various ages designed two squares of cement sidewalk alongside other competitors. It’s estimated that the Northwestern students spent up to six hours designing their sidewalk squares.

As of now, 33 students are signed up for the after-school art club, and 26 students have enrolled into a college-credit clay-designing class.

Jake Parks, the student body president for Northwestern High, came to draw attention to the High School’s “Safe Driving Month” of December, as well as the 2nd Harvest Food Drive the school will be participating in.

Northwestern High will be sponsoring a Senior Dinner Night from the Northwestern School Association of Employees. The dinner will be held in honor of the Northwestern district’s senior citizens on December 7th at 6:00 PM.

Other news from the board includes the resignation of Dave Bollheimer as school treasurer, effective of December 31st. The entirety of the board expressed their gratitude to Mr. Bollheimer’s years of service to the school. Although Mr. Bollheimer will be leaving the school board, Mrs. Lee Taylor will be taking his place on the board.

The next Northwestern board meeting will be on December 21st at 6:00 PM.

Ed. Note: Ryan Breakall is this week’s Northwestern feature athlete, as the New Carlisle News continues the summer series featuring top returning athletes.

With new football coach Shane Carter in the process of turning the Northwestern into a competitive program, senior Ryan Breakall is looking to end his athletic career with the Warriors on a winning note.

Breakall, a senior lineman on the Northwestern football team, has been a part of a team that has seen the win scarce over his career, including a single win last season. As the summer progresses, Breakall is focused on getting the Warriors near the top of the league, while improving his own game.

“As a team, going 1-9 last year, it was a bad year,” he said, as the Warriors are leading up to two-a-days practice which starts July 31. “But we’ve worked harder than ever, and have our eyes on the playoffs this year.”

While he wants to earn a banner this season with his team, he also has his sights set on an individual goal for the Warriors.

“My individual goal for the season is to lead the CBC in sacks or tackles,” he said. “Being a defensive end, reaction time needs to be the best it has ever been. Also being 190 lbs, hitting people that are 250 lbs, and on the line, speed is key.”

Breakall is a multisport athlete, as he wrestles in addition to his Friday nights on the football field. It isn’t hard to determine which sport is his favorite.

“Football is my favorite,” he said. “What I like most about it is the energy from our student section on Friday nights. Whether my team is winning or losing, the fans are always giving us motivation. The next thing I like is how our teammates always have each others back on and off the field.”

Breakall has spent his summer preparing for his senior year, and has used his time wisely.

“In off-season workouts we have worked on strength, agility, and conditioning,” Breakall said. “If there isn’t a workout scheduled, then I go to the nearest gym. There’s is only 1 day of the week I don’t do anything. I have thoughts about taking my football career to the next level and playing in college. As far as taking it to the next level after that, probably not.”

Also this winter, Breakall will be on the mats for the Warriors with the wrestling squad.

“I started wrestling at age 5 and fell in love, but football was a different story. I started playing in 2nd grade and I didn’t immediately love it. It was something that grew on me over-time. It’s what I love now.”

Northwestern teacher Lauri McCutcheon address the Northwestern Board of Education at their meeting last Tuesday regarding proposed changes to Board policy.

McCutcheon had submitted her resignation in March, well ahead of the deadline of July 9, and expected her benefits would continue through August 31, the end of her contract year.

The Board heard the first reading on Board Policy changes that would deny her the benefits.

“I submitted my resignation early to give the Board plenty of time to find a replacement,” said McCutcheon. “I was totally up-front with you.”

She said she knows several other employees who are waiting until the July 9 date to submit their resignations so that they won’t lose their benefits.

“I know COBRA is available, but it is substantially more expensive,” said McCutcheon.

The board had no official response to McCutcheon’s request.

In other action, Board President Donna Myers presented Board member Russell Steele with a certificate from the Ohio School Boards Association honoring him for ten years of service on the Northwestern School Board.

Superintendent Jesse Steiner stated that the district has lost revenue due to the decline of the Upper Valley Mall and the surrounding area. He said that several stores have applied for a reduction in their property values.

Steiner said he is optimistic for the future, though. “No building permits have been issued in Springfield,” he said. “I think we’re in a prime location for future development.”

The Board’s agenda included an unusually large number of new hires and resignations. “April’s agenda is always pretty heavy,” said Steiner. “We have a young staff and have a lot of turnover.”

Steiner added that there should be fewer staff changes in the future as the staff becomes more seasoned.

The next meeting of the Northwestern Board of Education will be on May 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Elementary School library. The public is invited to attend.

The Northwestern Board of Education voted on Thursday to purchase a 10-passenger van.

The van will be purchased from Walt Sweeney Ford for slightly over $27,000, using bid pricing from Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Cooperative.

“There are times we need to transport a small group of students,” said Superintendent Jesse Steiner. “If we need to take the golf team to a match, it wouldn’t make sense to use a 66-passenger bus.”

Steiner said the district expects delivery of the van “within a couple of months.”

Board members were entertained by the Northwestern Show Choir at their March 16th meeting. The choir and Jazz Band will be traveling to Nashville over spring break.

While in Nashville, they will take in the Grand Ole Opry, and will be given an opportunity to record at RCA Studio B.

Studio B was a major recording facility in the 1960’s. Its major clients included the Everly Brothers, Waylon Jennings, The Browns, Don Gibson, Dolly Parton and Roy Orbison. Elvis Presley recorded over 200 songs at Studio B.

To recognize their trip, the choir performed a medley of country hits, including 7 Bridges Road, On the Road Again, Elvira and Rocky Top.

The next meeting of the Northwestern Board of Education will be on Thursday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Elementary School Library.

Despite a rough season, Northwestern girls’ basketball coach Aaron Stewart took something away from the second half of their game last week against the league leaders from Ben Logan.

After falling behind by nearly 20 at halftime, the Warriors outplayed the Raiders in the second half in their 52-38 loss. It was the little things that Stewart can take away from a loss against a strong team like Ben Logan.

“It has been a struggle all year, we put ourselves in a hole and we outscored and outplaced them in the second half,” Stewart said. “We are battling for two quarters and it is tough. I try to keep in mind the inexperience and we are thin anyway.”

“A lot of kids playing a lot of minutes. We didn’t give up and battled in the second half. We had 11 turnovers in the first half and only 17 for the game.”

Ben Logan led 33-14 at the half, but the Warriors outscored the Raiders 12-9 in the third period and 12-10 in the fourth.

Northwestern watched as the league’s top player Nikki Current score 20 points in the first half, but Stewart also watched as his team struggle out of the gate in the game.

“Nikki is a great player and used her basketball IQ to get steals and finish layups,” Stewart said. ”She can finish at the rim and we didn’t keep her out of the paint in the first half.”

“We started out slow and missed several layups in the game. We missed a lot of shots early and dug a hole to try to get out of.”

Northwestern came out in the second half a different team, and tried to make a comeback.

“The girls came out with a fight in them and we did a fairly good job rebounding, being outsized,” Stewart said. “We needed to contain the defensive boards and we did a good job of that.” Stewart also praised his kids for shutting down Current in the second half, holding her to only four points in the final 16 minutes.

“It has been a long process and the girls may be starting to learn from each other,” Stewart said. “Out of the ten on varsity other than Zerkle and Martin, the rest are JV from last year. Every game this year we played two good quarters, we just can’t string four together, which comes from inexperience and mental toughness of game.”

Zerkle led with Northwestern with 20, she according to Stewart, she will have to score at least 50% of their points.

“She has been doing that every night,” the Northwestern coach said. “If she keeps it going, she should get her 1,000th point for us.”

Current finished with 24 for Ben Logan.

Northwestern is now 2-11, and plays at Greenon tonight, home tomorrow against Madison Plains, and home Saturday vs Urbana.

Lindsay Fries of New Carlisle was awarded 8th place in the nation at the National FFA AgriScience Fair competition in the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Catergory, Division 2.

Fries, a 2016 graduate of Northwestern High School representing the Northwestern FFA Chapter competed in May at the Ohio FFA Convention and received 1st place for her project. Only the top fifteen state winners are given the opportunity to compete nationally and are selected through a judging over the summer.

In August, Fries was notified that she had qualified to compete at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo, which took place October 19-22 in Indianapolis. The project was inspired by a grant she won through the Ohio FFA Foundation that provided her with equipment to create a hearing safety related Agriscience Fair project. She compared sound levels at rural and factory agricultural settings, ultimately proving that farmers have an increased risk for hearing damage.

Fries, currently a student at the University of Findlay is active in Collegiate FFA, Newman Club, Marching Oiler Brass Band and the SADD National Student Leadership Council. “I was overjoyed to receive this honor, and had the chance to compete at the national level,” she said.

Stephanie Angle is the Northwestern Rotary Student of the Month for November. Stephanie is a very bright young lady who has found both academic and extracurricular success during her high school career. She is a top student at Northwestern and a three-year Jan Van Gorder scholar. She plays Girls varsity soccer and was team captain this year. She also participates in club soccer with Ohio Galaxies FC. She serves her school and her community through her involvement with National Honor Society and Springfield Rotary Interact Club. Most recently, she gave her time as a volunteer at the Springfield Rotary gourmet food truck competition. She balances her academic and extracurricular responsibilities while also working as a courier for Cole Acton Harmon Dunn. She likes to spend her free time having fun with her church’s youth group. Her future plans include attending a four year college to pursue a degree in Political Science.

The Northwestern Rotary Citizen of the Month is Ann Buffenbarger. Ann is an excellent school citizen. She is involved in National Honor Society and she volunteers for Junior Achievement. Ann is a leader and role model within the school. She serves as president of the school’s FCCLA chapter and as senior field commander of the award-winning Warrior Marching Band. She is also a member of concert band, symphonic band, and jazz band. Outside of school, Ann sings in her church’s choir. She also serves as president of her 4-H club. She is involved in many community service activities, most recently collecting Christmas presents for needy families and helping to organize a chili cook-off for a donation to the Ronald McDonald House at Dayton Children’s Hospital. When she isn’t participating in extracurricular activities or serving her community, she is earning money for college by working part time at Fent’s Dairy Corner or babysitting. Ann’s future plans are to earn her degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University so that she may realize her dream of becoming a band director. Ann is very thankful for the support her school, community, parents, and band family have given her throughout her high school career and she is grateful for this recognition.

Northwestern Local School Superintendent Jesse Steiner proudly presented two students for recognition at the New Carlisle Rotary Club this week.

The Northwestern Rotary Student of the Month for October is Liam Randall. Liam is an excellent student who is very involved in extracurricular activities. He plays basketball and runs for the school cross country team. He is a member of the video productions team, student council, National Honor Society, and serves as the senior class secretary. Outside of school, Liam is very involved in Young Life and provides service to his church’s food pantry and Interfaith Hospitality Network. Liam plans to attend the University of Dayton and major in Computer Science.

Dale Reno is the Northwestern Rotary Citizen of the Month for October. Dale is a positive presence within the school community and serves as a leader among his peers. He is the senior class president, a member of the video productions team, and can often be seen on stage in various Northwestern performances. He actively participates in Young Life, Student Council, and Junior Achievement. Dale plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in Marketing and a graduate degree in Business Administration.

Congratulations to the​se fine students from the New Carlisle Rotary Club!

The American Future Farmers of America (FFA) Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs).

This year, Northwestern high school had four members receive this award (Brooke Weeks, Mikayla Storck, Sarah Baldwin, and Shelby Lindner). “It was a goal that I had to get the American degree and follow in my sisters’ footsteps”, said Lindner.

The American FFA Degree is awarded at the National FFA Convention & Expo each year to less than 1% of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors. This year the convention was held the week of October 17th, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In addition to their certificates, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.

In addition to the American degrees, Lindsay Fries was a National Agriscience Fair Finalist in the category Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 2. This category encompasses the study of agricultural equipment, power systems, alternative fuel sources and precision technology, as well as woodworking, metalworking, welding and project planning for agricultural structures.

The Northwestern Board of Education (BOE) met for their scheduled meeting on Thursday September 15, 2016, in the Northwestern Elementary Library at 6:00pm.District Superintendent Jesses Steiner and District Treasurer Dave Bollheimer, and Northwestern Elementary School Principal, Luke Everhart also in attendance, all BOE members present and attended as well.

The architects from Garmann/Miller & Associates Architects and Engineers returned for the presentation of the BOE request for additional renderings of the new athletic complex. Matt, from Garmann/Miller & Associates walked the board members through the architectural layout of the new athletic complex to be located just north of the stadium on the Northwestern Local Schools Campus.

The inside of the complex serves at not only an athletic facility complete with over one hundred and twenty-five lockers including seventy-five lockers large enough for the football team to store the oversized equipment. The coaches’ suite offers both female and male shower and changing areas and a game review room/classroom to allow the teams as coaches to review game footage and hold team meetings. The long hallway also dubs as a small training and warm-up track, allowing the doors to the multi-purpose room to open and the hallway provide a fifty-yard dash practice regimen. The Multi-Purpose room is just that a room of many purposes, this room offers something to every team, member and coach. Batting cages for the baseball and softball teams can breakdown to allow drill practice as well as host wrestling practice and meets offering 4500 square feet, over a full-mat area. With the vast area, teams also have the availability to practice inside during inclement weather, freeing up the gym space in the schools for other events. A stairway leads up to a storage loft, large enough to store off-season equipment.

Outside the athletic complex, the entrance houses a ticket gate and a small concession area serving refreshments and snacks and larger patron restrooms allows for the stadium concession patrons access that is more comfortable. A Hall of Fame wall at the entrance welcomes event goes and introduces the community to their Northwestern Local School athletes. The lighting of the complex uses low-lighting, in conjunction with tall fencing providing safety to students, teams and event patrons. When asked about the materials used, “the materials used were at a functioning perspective,” Matt from Garmann/Miller replied. The goal is matching the outside building materials of the complex with the materials and colors of the existing buildings on campus, including standard metal roofing. The inside floors constructed of concrete and adequate drainage for cleaning and maintenance. The goal of the athletic complex is to create a community gathering area that supports the local athletes, students and community as a whole.

The total projected cost of the Northwestern school athletic complex and sports center tops in at 3.4 million dollars including using energy efficient utilities with a cost variance of 150,000 to $180,000. Northwestern Board of Education President Pamela Marton reassured that the funding for this project stems from private donations from a previously board approved capital campaign as well as funds left over from recent building project. The potential to host athletic events and allow the student athletes the area to showcase their team and individual skills, also opens the doors to generate revenue allowing greater opportunities for the student body.

The Resolution of Intent Not to Provide Career-Technical Education in Grades 7th and 8th came up for discussion. Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.90(B) exempts Northwestern School from offering Joint Vocational classes to 7th and 8th grade students that extend into the links of Clark County Career Technical School CTC). Northwestern School Superintendent, Jesse Steiner explained that, “the only class available to Northwestern 7th and 8th grade students is agricultural, and the teacher qualified in those areas is already at a full teaching capacity.” Therefore, the Northwestern BOE voted to submit a waiver under the Ohio Revised Code for exemption.

The BOE made a motion to accept a donation of $4,000 from the Northwestern Class of 1965 for the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern Local School District. Any teacher may submit a request to the BOE for grant funds to extend their classroom activities and education for the purpose of the studies of Arts and Humanities. The BOE approved the request to raise the A.M. latchkey reimbursement to $1.00 per student. Other business includes the approval to allow the district to purchase items and services through the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), following up with the approval for the contract with Johnson-Laux Construction for $67,215.37 to replace the backstop and fencing around the baseball fields a bid placed through the NJPA.

Jesse Steiner also explained that a pre-school classroom assistant, a previously interned position, is now a paid position as stated by the Ohio State Board of Education. Therefore, the position is now a 10-hour a week paid position accompanying a $10.00 an hour pay rate.

The signs out in front of the Northwestern Local School Campus offering open positions to those who qualify for a transportation position are working. The Northwestern Local School District (NWLSD) has hired and trained several applicants with various previous backgrounds in the community.

The BOE voted to accept the employment of the following (pending BCI and FBI checks for positions who qualify)

Tess McNeil ( Athletic Site Manager)

Brian Stevenson (Mentor)

Maria Heintz (Athletic Site Manager)

Kelly Braun ( Mentor)

Amanda Wiggins ( Mentor)

Tamara Boggess ( Mentor)

Vicki Packard-Cooper ( Mentor)

Rebekah Rittenberg (Asst. Band Director)

Meredith Grieser ( Washington D.C. Trip Chairperson)

Authority granted to employ the following certified personnel in the supplemental positions listed below for the 2016-2017 school year (pending BCI and FBI background checks)

John Clarkson ( Athletic Site Manager)

Authority granted to employ the following, as non-certified substitute, on an as needed basis, per current rate (pending BCI and FBI background checks)

Alfred E. Collier

Ryan Hillard

Erica Hillard

Dennis Owens

Karla Patrick

Authority granted to employ the following on a 90-day workday probationary contract (pending BCI and FBI background checks)

Micki Loppe ( Cook)

Authority granted to accept the following resignation

Belinda Lewis –Effective September 9, 2016

Authority granted to accept the following retirement request

Vickie Dersch – Effective December 31, 2016

The next Northwestern Local School District Board of Education meeting scheduled for October 20, 2016 in the Northwestern Elementary School Library at 6:00 pm.

The Northwestern Board of Education (BOE) held a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Northwestern Elementary School. During the meeting, authorization was given to several contractors for building and maintenance projects that the district has been dealing with for some time.

BOE members approve the lowest bid for the outside lighting project provided by Triec Electrical Services in Springfield at a bid of $74,175.00. The Board accepted the lowest bid for a Boiler project provided by Roger Storer & Sons Plumbing in Springfield at a bid of $142,220.00. BOE members also granted authority to enter into contract with Bassett Associates Landscape Architects and Planners in Lima for a proposed Master Landscape Plan.

A donation of $2495.00 was accepted from the Northwestern Band Boosters. The monies are the first of five annual donations the Band Boosters are making to go towards the cost of a new band tower.

BOE member, Donna Myers, will be serving in a leadership role for the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA). The OSBA was created for the purpose of fulfilling and advancing the District’s statutory mandate by working for the general advancement of public education in Ohio. The OSBA also works towards achieving desirable and efficient working relationships among Ohio boards of education, school administrators, teachers, and the public. Additionally, the OSBA maintains channels for exchange of ideas among and distribution of information to school districts, with the purpose of providing better and more effective public service to public schools.

The BOE determined that Donna Myers ‘s service and travel in her OSBA leadership role is related to her official duties as a member of Northwestern’s BOE, and so resolved that the District will pay any of Myers’ travel expenses necessary for her to attend OSBA conferences, seminars, and similar events during the year of 2016-2017. However, the travel expenses must be the lesser of either the amount that Northwestern Local School District allows to be reimbursed for travel to the destination; or the current per diem rate set by the United States General Services Administration for travel to the destination.

In other business, the Board granted its approval for the Northwestern Volleyball team to participate in an upcoming three-day volleyball tournament in Mason, Ohio. BOE members also gave their consent for the District to establish the new position of Accompanist at a pay rate of $8.50 per hour.

In Personnel business, the Board accepted the resignations of Kathrine Baldwin (Bus Driver, Aug. 7, 2016) and Amelita York (Cook/Bus Aide, Aug. 19, 2016). BOE members also gave their approval for several new hires and a volunteer to work in the district.

BOE meeting agendas and complete meeting minutes can be found on the District’s webpage at http://www.northwestern.k12.oh.us under the “About” tab. Minutes are available upon BOE approval.

The next regular meeting of the Northwestern BOE will be at 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2016 in the Northwestern Elementary School library.