Perrysburg schools bid farewell to long-time staff


PERRYSBURG — Ninety-five years of experience exited Perrysburg Schools this summer.

The board of education at its Tuesday meeting honored three employees for their years of service.

Julie Gedert, a second grade teacher at Toth Elementary, had 30 years of service in the district.

Superintendent Tom Hosler said there was excitement every time you entered Gedert’s classroom.

Teri Gregg served as secretary at the central office and the high school before retiring from Fort Meigs Elementary School after 21 years with the district.

She did an amazing job carrying for students, Hosler said.

Danny Sprague was a custodian at the high school for 44 years.

Sprague has taken great pride in everything he has done, Hosler said.

Hosler encouraged those in attendance to reach out to former teachers and staff members who made an impact on their lives.

Also at the meeting, the board heard an update from the strategic planning committee.

Strategic planning helps an organization get everything lined up and everyone moving in the same direction, said Scott Best, principal at Hull Prairie Intermediate School and strategic planning committee member.

The group kept the district’s vision and mission the same.

The vision is “Where passion drives exemplary education” and the mission remains “Ensuring ALL students achieve their greatest potential.”

The goal of the committee, which formed in October, was to set core values and set broad district goes to focus on over the next three-five years.

The committee looked at the critical needs of the district and developed three specific goal areas: Student Life, School District Life and Community Life.

It took a diverse group of people to come up with those three goals, Best said.

The next step is to develop action steps and finalize the strategy to achieve the goals, he said.

“I look forward to working toward implementing this,” said board President Eric Benington.

Also at the meeting, the board:

• Hired three new teachers, including Mandie Pirolli, STEM teacher at Hull Prairie Intermediate School; Alexandria Frye, fourth grade at Woodland; and Emily Bradish, reading teacher at Frank. Each was given a one-year contract.

• Gave two-year contracts to new administrators, including Dawn Bryant, Frank elementary principal, $115,000; Katie Bacon, high school assistant principal, $107,000; and Brad Turski, high school assistant principal, $107,000.

Bryant most recenlty completed her eighth year as an elementary principal in Oak Harbor.

Bacon served as assistant principal at Bowling Green High School and formerly taught at Perrysbug’s Fort Meigs and Hull Prairie schools.

Turski was at Springfield schools for 21 years and most recently led a work-based training program for at-risk students.

• Recognized outstanding Perrysburg Education Association President Margaret Bernard and her leadership during proposed cuts in the spring of 2019 and the pandemic. Bernard is a teacher at Hull Prairie and has stepped down from her union role.

• Recognized state track qualifiers, the high school Select Strings members, and members of the facilities planning and strategic planning committees.

• Heard an update on the biennium budget from Hosler. He said if the Senate plan passes, that will mean $3.8 million less to Perrysburg schools over the next two years. The Senate plan also establishes universal eligibility for vouchers; eliminates the required measures that allow parents to compare the performance of voucher students to public school students; and restores the retention provision of the third grade reading guarantee.

• Approved as high school head coaches Clara Clarke, dance team; Dirk Conner, football; Rick Rettig, boys golf; Dan Thompson, girls golf; Ethan Peters, rowing; Darryl Edge, girls track; Matt Gosses, boys track; Charles Brigode, girls tennis; Patrick Giammarco, boys tennis; Dave Hall, baseball; Dave Boyce, boys basketball; Todd Sims, girls basketball; Aaron Wozniak, bowling; Jenna Perry, cheerleading (basketball and football); Keith Madaras, boys cross country; Jon Monheim, girls cross country; Mykel Zwayer, gymnastics; Kevin Fisher, hockey; Bailey Weatherwax, boys lacrosse; Autumn Stevens, girls lacrosse; Dennis Jeansonne, boys soccer; Jorge Diaz, girls soccer; Ryan DeMars, softball; Dave Stannert, co-ed swimming; and Laura Davidson, volleyball.

• Heard Cheryl Ryan, with the Ohio School Boards Association, honor board member Sue Larimer with a 10-year veteran board member award and an OSBA training award. Larimer has agreed to serve on OSBA’s northwest council executive committee.

• Approved two service agreements with Bittersweet Farms at a cost of $51,516 each.

• Approve a trip for the volleyball team to Ohio State University for camp from July 14-16.

• Heard board member Kelly Ewbank ask if it was possible to increase the number of exchange students to give more families the opportunity to host. She was told the policy committee would be the appropriate place for that discussion.

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