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Adulting 101, an opportunity for Holgate students | Local education


HOLGATE – A class is helping students prepare for life after high school is now in its third year at schools in Holgate.

On Wednesday evening, Superintendent Kelly Meyers reported to the Holgate School Board that Cheryl Sonnenberg, a “veteran consumer science teacher” is teaching the elective course for seniors called “Adulting 101”.

According to Meyers, “This is a semester-long course designed to explore topics that will help prepare students for adult life beyond school walls. It is based on the Ohio Career Field Technical Content Standards and includes the following: Community Speakers, Weekly Cooking Labs, Presentations, Projects, Discussions, Research, Videos, Hands-on Activities. “

Topics for speakers range from car maintenance and changing a tire to various emergency service reviews, the responsibilities of dog ownership, finances, and applying for a job.

“Other life skills (for example, how to tie a tie, sew a button, iron a shirt, cook a meal, balance a checkbook, do laundry, wrap a gift, write a thank you note) are also included. Meyers added.

In addition to the success of the courses, a second semester is now added. The new class is called “Adulting 102” and Meyers said, “Students can take the course for a full year if it fits their schedule.”

Speaking of the teacher, Meyers said, “We are very proud of Ms. Sonnenberg’s passion and generation of ideas for this important program, as well as our students’ interest in becoming well-rounded citizens who can function with confidence in life beyond high school. “

In his report, Meyers also said that four security cameras had been added or updated around the school – upgrades were made at the guidance desk and in the hallway of the gymnasium; new cameras have been added to the entrance to the school and the cafeteria. The switches for the cameras will be installed on December 29.

Other improvements to the school include:

• Adding four Synexis blades to the cafeteria’s hydrogen peroxide air cleaning system will help kill germs. The installation will take place during the Christmas holidays and one of the air units will go to the lodge. ESSER funds were used to finance the project.

• a water softener was ordered on December 9 but is not expected for 10 to 12 weeks; probably around spring break.

• the concreting of the courtyard patio, now complete and in January, the furniture will be chosen for the space. This project was also funded by ESSER funds.

• the gravel part of the driveway connecting the east and south parking lots has been completed. In the spring, the concrete approach to the parking lot will be completed. The asphalt portion has a quote so far and expected completion is fall 2022. There will also be a 370-foot-long by 20-foot-wide retarder added that will cover two lanes of traffic.

Meyers also reported that two grants have been requested. The first is a school safety grant from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). No grant update was available, including whether the grant was approved.

A before and after school program funded by the federal government since 2012, the 21st Century Grant, is in its final year. According to Meyers, from 2012-22, the grant will have brought in $ 1,487,500.00. “This program has formed community partnerships, organized countless family events, provided week-long summer day camps, helped students with their studies, provided experiences families might not have had. without it, ”Meyers said.

An example of funding through the 21st Century Grant is the archery program, according to Meyers – a program that includes eight students.

In other news, the board:

• increased the wellness grant by $ 880;

• increase in the PI fund of $ 39,000;

• approved an employment contract with Kent Seemann as treasurer, in effect from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2027;

• agreed to an amendment to Superintendent Kelly Meyers’ contract, in effect from January 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023;

• approved Ruth Wenziger as a substitute teacher, effective December 6, 2021;

• approved the list of substitute teachers for NwOESC;

• endorsed Bradley Hurst as a volunteer indoor track and field coach for 2021-2022;

• approved the agreement between Great Lakes Biomedical and the Holgate School Board for drug / alcohol testing and physical examinations of bus drivers, effective Jan 1-Dec. 31, 2022;

• approved Henry County Chamber of Commerce dues, $ 100;

• accepted the purchase of a replacement water softener, $ 38,474.73;

• approved a professional day for staff on May 4, 2022;

• accepted the donation of $ 1,208.81 (proceeds of the flag football program) to the sports department of the Holgate Football Parents Group;

• elected Greg Thomas as Interim Chair for the January organizational meeting to be held on January 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM. The regular meeting will follow.


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