OAKWOOD – Kylee Miller of the Paulding Education Association (PEA) addressed the Paulding Exempt Village School Board regarding the ongoing negotiations between the two groups at the regular board meeting Tuesday night at Oakwood Elementary School.
In addition, council was informed of an upcoming open house at the Paulding County Opportunity Center (the former Park Lane Training Center), a donation made to the school to purchase a new wood planer, and received an update on the SOAR after school program. program.
Miller, a kindergarten teacher at Oakwood Elementary School, was in attendance along with 40 other educators, many of whom wore red shirts with #PEASTRONG on their backs.
Here is Miller’s address on the board:
“Thank you for the opportunity to share, my name is Kylee Miller, I am proud to graduate from Paulding High School in 2001 and proud to have been a teacher at Oakwood Elementary School since 2008.
“I didn’t always want to be a teacher, I started in nursing, tried my hand at engineering and finally landed in education when I had a” A- moment. ha “at university.
“I realized that I was born to teach and to touch the lives of my students. I am passionate about providing learning opportunities that advance my students’ knowledge, as well as their emotional well-being. I knew this when I left for school, that I also wanted to be near the house that I knew and loved.
“It saddens me to see teachers – some who were my own teachers and others who are or will be teachers to my own children – do not feel the value we know we are worth. Teachers love our students. We love our students. love our jobs, we want to keep our teammates and continue to build our schools to be the amazing spaces we dream of being.
“PEA members, administrators and all staff put in their share of work, and then some, every day, week and month. PEA members brought in non-perishable food to donate to local pantries.
“The items on stage (in the Oakwood Elementary Cafeteria) are just a representation of some of the overtime worked by members in any given week. This represents 673 hours worked on our contractual time in just one week. “
Members of the AEP applauded Miller after his remarks. The council did not make a statement in response.
In his report, Superintendent Ken Amstutz explained that an open house to visit the Paulding County Opportunity Center, an alternative learning center for students in the districts of Paulding, Antwerp and Wayne Trace, will be held on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. .
“Currently 38 students attend, seven from Wayne Trace, seven from Antwerp and 24 from Paulding,” Amstutz said. “This program is working very well, we already had a student (from Paulding) who finished their work, and the staff are doing a great job. Overall, it’s going very, very well.”
“In the old Park Lane building, the Western Buckeye ESC (Educational Services Center) moved their offices there, and it was a good fit,” Amstutz added. “Once the commissioners have completed their work in the Fritz house, there will be even more space when the soil and water (from County Paulding) move.”
Amstutz also shared that Paulding’s Eagles Aerie 2045 recently donated $ 4,999 to Paulding High School for the purchase of a new wood planer. The donation covered the purchase of a new Laguna PX20 wood planer that will not only be used by students in the woodworking classes, but also by students in the agricultural education program.
The superintendent followed up with an update on SOAR, telling the board that 45 students at Oakwood Elementary School, 42 at Paulding Elementary School and 17 at Paulding Middle School were benefiting from the program.
“These students don’t come every day, but many are here at least one day a week,” Amstutz said. “The 102 students we have in the program represent a huge number of children. Since school has been interrupted several times over the past two years, this is a great opportunity for them to learn, and they are taking advantage of it.
“We would like to thank the teaching staff who work with the program, as well as the Western Buckeye ESC for working with us to develop this program,” added Amstutz.
Amstutz went on to say that a public hearing will be held Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the boardroom for public comments on the use of IDEA Part B (special education) funds.
In other matters, counsel:
• one-year contracts approved for the following: Linda Baumle, bus driver, effective October 20; and Kynzie Edwards, assistant at Paulding Elementary, effective October 18.
• accepted the resignation of Amy Kennedy, college / high school cook, effective October 15. Kennedy served the district for 23 years.
• I accepted the following one-year extracurricular contract, in effect for 2021-2022: Jennifer Dietz, high school cheer advisor (winter); Kynzie Edwards, Volunteer High School Cheering Advisor (Winter); Jessica Schultz, College Cheering Advisor (Winter); and Travis Keeran, a high school men’s basketball volunteer.