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School district treasurer James Rossler Jr. is congratulated by school board president Dawn Burks on receiving a state auditor’s award.
School district receives state auditor award A recent state financial audit of the Rossford School District returned a clean audit report, and for the district’s excellent recordkeeping, it has earned an Auditor of State Award.
This is the fourth consecutive year Rossford Schools has received the honor.
“Once again, the staff involved with this audit did an amazing job,” Treasurer, James Rossler Jr. said. “Their combined efforts are to be commended, and I am extremely proud to work with such a competent group of professionals.”
The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit.
Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:
•Timely financial reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
•No findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, single audit findings or questioned costs;
•No comments related to ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, reconciliation, findings for recovery less than $100, public meetings or public records.
Dawn Burks, president of the Rossford Board of Education, congratulated Mr. Rossler on the award at the April 25 board meeting.
“We are so proud of the work Jamie and his staff continue to do for our school district,” Ms. Burks said. “This is a testimony to the dedication and commitment that has been instilled within his office to ensure that we are supporting the needs of our students and staff, while being fiscally responsible.”
Also at the meeting, the school board made the following personnel decisions:
•Accepted the resignation of Sue Swartz, social studies teacher, effective at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
•Issued certificated continuing contracts for 2016-17 to Mallori Atkin, Andrea Crippen, Ryan DeMars, Megan Dunn, Amy Kanney, Heather Meeker and Briana Rothbard, salaries per negotiated agreement.
•Issued certificated one-year limited contracts for 2016-17 to￼Jenna Bachmayer, Charles Cox, Sarah Drummond, Kelsey Emahiser, Dianne Fuller, Katie Grinonneau, Angela Hanes, Lauren Harrison, Rebecca Katz, Justin Kelley, Rachel Linkous, Kimberly McGee, Julie Odenweller, Kelynne Pabin, Erika Schadle, Shane Strausbaugh and James Vasko, salaries per negotiated agreement.
•Approved maternity leave for Megan Dunn for the end of the 2015-16 school year and medical leave for Melissa Thomas for the end of the 2015-16 school year.
•Approved employment of classified personnel–Melissa Luderman, cafeteria aide at Eagle Point Elementary, two hours per day, $14.04; Karen McHugh, 10-month part-time secretary at Eagle Point Elementary, $18.49, both effective April 26.
•Employed 2015-16 seasonal employees–Benjamin Sauter, athletic complex; Vincenté Riccobene, Eagle Point Elementary, each $10 per hour.
•Issued classified continuing contracts for 2016-17 to John Kerekes, $21.13 per hour; Sandra Martin, $14.92 per hour; Tammy Myers, $15.97 per hour.
•Issued second one-year limited classified contracts for 2016-17 to Jeanine Alexander, $19.43 per hour; Natasha Bachmayer, $14.56 per hour; Karla Durco, $18.29 per hour; Andy Kovacs, $15.53 per hour; and Cathy Minor, $14.56 per hour.
•Issued one-year limited classified contracts for 2016-17 to Audrey Gilbert, $13.62 per hour; Jane Libstaff, $14.18 per hour; Melissa Luderman, $14.18 per hour; James Phillips, $18.77 per hour.
•Issued supplemental contracts for 2016-17 to Todd Rehberg, boys varsity soccer; Bridgette Fulwider, eighth grade RJHS volleyball; Ed Howard, eighth grade RJHS track, salaries per negoitated agreement.
•Issued letters of reasonable assurance to certified and classified personnel employment for 2016-17.
The substitute classified and substitute teacher contracts are for the current school year only, so the letters protect the district from excess costs for unemployment insurance during the summer.
Board of Revision
Mr. Rossler gave the school board an update on the Wood County Board of Revision.
At this time of year, taxpayers have the opportunity to contest the values the county has set for their properties through the Board of Revisions.
“The process is simple, and all they have to do is file a claim to what they think the value should be,” the treasurer explained.
Schools and other taxing authorities have the right to file counter claims asserting that the county numbers are correct, he noted.
The Board of Revision then sets hearings at which both sides are permitted to state their cases.
“Very few schools challenge the claims, but Rossford does,” Mr. Rossler said.
“The total of this year’s filings is the request for over $20,000,000 on valuation reductions; it represents over $326,000 in real revenue to the school, and we think it is worth fighting for,” he explained.
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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