North Union sees spike in Tri-Rivers enrollment


The North Union Board of Education meeting was held Monday at the administration building with Jean Wedding and Matt Staley absent from the meeting.

Board member Shelly Ehret gave the board an update on the Tri-Rivers Career Center, as she serves on its board. Ehret said that Tri-Rivers serves nine area schools, which includes North Union, Ridgedale, Elgin, River Valley, Pleasant, Marion City (Harding), Mt. Gilead, Cardington and Highland school districts. During the 2018-2019 school year, there were 240 students enrolled at Tri-Rivers, including 20 students from North Union. For the 2019-2020 school year, North Union will have 64 students enrolled there. There will be five sophomores, 29 juniors and 30 seniors taking classes at the career center.

Tri-Rivers recently added two new programs, Exercise Science/Sports Medicine and Teacher Academy. The board is also working on adding an adult section where anyone 22 years of age and older will be able to get their high school diploma and work towards college credits.

Ehret said that she is very excited about working on the Tri-Rivers Career Center board and seeing the new types of education anyone can achieve there.

In other business, the board:

-Heard that two students completed all requirements to become a graduate of the Class of 2019. Those students are Cassandra Butz and Gabriel Lewis.

-Approved a list of certified  and non-certified substitute personnel to be called on an as-needed basis for the 2019-2020 school year.

-Approved the resignations of Tracey Monroe as a middle school aide and Hannah Wilson, elementary school aide, effective immediately.

-Approved employment of Christine Garrett on a one-year limited expiring non-certificated contract as a high school CC aide.

-Approve a contract to employ Anthony Aelker as an elementary fifth grade math teacher.

-Approved motion to employ Kathryn Hedberg as an elementary aide.

-Approved to hire Ryan Cox as an assistant middle school football coach, Katie Bruner as JV fall cheer coach and Heather Godwin as middle school head cross country coach.

-Approved supplemental contracts for teachers as part of the Ohio 4 year Resident Educator process.

-Approved supplemental contracts for mentoring new staff.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Union Administrative Offices. The meetings are open to the public.

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