North Baltimore school board names new athletic director

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
NORTH BALTIMORE — The North Baltimore school board replaced its athletic director Tuesday, but will be looking for both boys and girls varsity basketball coaches.
Robert Luderman will become the district’s athletic director, effective Aug. 1.
Luderman, a math teacher, will replace Bradlee Rowlinson, who recently opted to step down from that role to return to teaching.
Luderman brings “a lot of vision to this position,” high school Principal Bob Falkenstein said.
The board also accepted the resignations of boys head basketball coach Jon Eichar and girls head basketball coach Greg Frost.
Separately, the board established a method for making up the remaining four school days lost to bad weather.
Three days will be satisfied via “blizzard bags” or online instruction during spring break on March 31, April 1 and April 2.
A fourth calamity day will be satisfied by adding one day, May 30, to the end of the school year.
Graduating seniors were relieved after earlier being told by school officials their last day would be May 23.
“I got hugged,” Falkenstein told the board.
North Baltimore totaled 13 calamity days this winter and the state Legislature voted to forgive a total of nine calamity days for Ohio schools.
Separately, a public meeting has been scheduled to discuss possible adjustments to honor roll and grade point average standards.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 17 at the high school auditeria.
Adjusting the grade point average would impact the selection of valedictorians, salutatorians and the top 10 percent of each class.
And changes may be forthcoming in the honor roll system.
“It’s time to strengthen our academic expectations,” Falkenstein said.
Separately, 21 applications for the next superintendent of North Baltimore schools have been reviewed.
Superintendent Marlene North is retiring in June.
Interviews will be held by the board during executive sessions later this week.
The goal, according to school officials, is to narrow the list to a few candidates prior to a second round of interviews.
In other business, the school board:
• Held closed executive sessions for the stated purposes of discussing personnel and the sale of property.
• Recognized six students who took part in the honors band and choir programs.
• Said the district is fielding offers to sell the former high school property on Second Street.
• Heard a “Safe Schools” walk-through with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and North Baltimore Police Officer Mandy Slane will be conducted on April 14.
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