Eastwood planning to hire 9 teachers
The Eastwood School District will be adding at least nine new teachers to its roster for the next school year.
According to Superintendent Brent Welker, two new teachers will be added for the all-day kindergarten program; one for third grade at Pemberville Elementary School, where class sizes for the second grade are too high, and the remainder will be to replace retiring teachers.
Typically, the district replaces one or two teachers each year.
The list of retirees includes Pat Titkemeier, who has taught English in the district for 30 years.
For some positions, there are more than 100 applicants.
Work on the district’s door and buzzer systems is scheduled for completion when students return from spring break, Welker said in his district newsletter.
“Mr. (Jeff) Hill has already met with his high school students to prepare them for the new procedures, and we are finalizing protocols for each building with regards to entry into buildings and visitor directions from there. Your child’s principal will be communicating with you in regards to these new protocols when we return from break if they have not already done so,” Welker said in his weekly newsletter.
The high school was in lock down for a day last month after several rounds of ammunition were found in a rest room.
Welker said .22 caliber rounds, 9-millimeter rounds, and one .223 round were found.
The administration then conducted searches of lockers, followed by a search of rooms, including backpacks, and had students do a “self pat.”
After determining there were no weapons, students were allowed to resume their day and the building operated on a limited lockdown with students being allowed to only move between classes.
Sheriff’s deputies remained in the school until the end of the day and were at the school intermittently during the next week.
Town hall meetings
The Lake Township administration will be the site of two town hall meetings next month.
The Wood County Commissioners will hold a meeting at the township building May 21 at 4:45 p.m. The township trustees will hold their regular meeting after the commissioners meet.
The Wood County Board of Park Commissioners will hold a town hall meeting May 23 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss park plans in the northern part of the county.