Staff Writer

Findlay school board members welcomed about $78,000 in grants from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation to Findlay City Schools at their Monday meeting.

The school district received:

• $15,000 from the Dorothy F. Secor Fund for programs at Millstream Career Center.

• $6,000 from a HancockREADS grant for a joint project between the Findlay and Cory-Rawson school districts. Students will read novels and discuss them with each other before meeting at the end of the year for a combined wax museum, said Amanda Kuznicki and Larissa Van Der Molen, fifth-grade teachers at Chamberlin Hill Intermediate School.

• $8,000 from Handbags That Help for training from the “Kid Whisperer,” Scott Ervin, at Jacobs Primary School. Ervin is a behavioral expert who will work with teachers, students and parents, Jacobs Principal Krista Miller said.

This will help students respond to adversity and conflict, she said.

• Four grants totaling $48,882 from the Bill and Eveline Stitt Fund for literacy-focused mentoring programs at Whittier Primary School, Jefferson Primary School, Jacobs Primary School and Lincoln Elementary School.

In other business, the board approved the retirement of Dennis McPheron, director of operations, effective Dec. 31. He has been with the district for 14 years.

The board also approved Kelly Stahl’s retirement, effective May 31. The Whittier Primary School principal will return on a two-year contract through the Hancock County Educational Service Center.

Separately, the board agreed to continue paying Sean Swisher a $2,100 monthly stipend from April to November of this year for his work on utility efficiencies.

Swisher is a Findlay City Schools employee who was also paid that amount when the school district contracted with Cenergistic to find ways to save on energy costs.

In January, the school board voted to end the contract with Cenergistic early, saving about $37,600 in fees. Swisher’s stipend is the only remaining cost.

Separately, the board heard from Rich Steiner, director of secondary instruction, about new math and music classes and an updated syllabus for Advanced Placement U.S. government and politics, all of which will be up for board approval next month.

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