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August 23, 2019

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A pig and chickens in the backyard

Village residents bring objections to Bluffton council

A “barnyard in Bluffton” question was posed to Bluffton council members on Monday.

Everett and Susan Collier, 109 Eurgo Court, speaking during the open session at the meeting, shared what they called a neighborhood concern of a Garmatter Street resident who has a pet pig living outdoors. Previously the neighbor also had several chickens, said the Colliers.

School board action will involve several 2019-20 issues

Janelle Bogart announces her teacher resignation

Bluffton school board’s Monday evening agenda includes several back-to-school items.

Among items on the agenda include:
• Approval of payment for transporting students to private schools
• Increase the BHS student PSS Ocean Focus fund by $1,795
• Textbook disposal of eight books (7 middle school; 1 high school)
• Enter an agreement with Pandora-Gilboa schools for special education

Meet Bluffton's new middle school principal

Josh Kauffman was a teacher and AD at Pandora-Gilboa from 2012-14

Josh Kauffman, a teacher and athletic director at Pandora-Gilboa from 2012 to 2014, accepted a two-year contract as the new principal of Bluffton Middle School, according to Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent.

Currently middle school principal at Piqua City Schools – a position he served for the past three years – Kauffman will begin his position here on Aug. 1. His salary at Bluffton is $89,000.

Kyle Leatherman, MS principal, accepts Liberty Benton post

Bluffton school board interviews candidates May 29 and May 30

Kyle Leatherman, Bluffton middle school principal, announced his resignation from the Bluffton Schools, effective this summer.

He has accepted a position as principal of Liberty Benton Middle School, starting on Aug. 1.  Prior to coming to Bluffton, he was a teacher at Gibsonburg from 2007 to 2013. He is a Heidelberg College graduate and obtained his principal licensure in Education from the University of Findlay.

“This is a family decision,” he told the Icon. “My family lives in the Liberty Benton school district.”

John George, Sue Epp, Bluffton teachers, retirements announced

2019 Bluffton HS graduates listed

Bluffton school board will approve the list of 2019 graduates at Monday’s board meeting. The list is attached at the bottom of this story.

Also on the agenda is the announced retirement of John George, high school teacher. He joins Sue Epp, middle school teacher, who announced her retirement last month.

Several supplemental coaching contracts for next school year are on the agenda.

The Bluffton Public Library budget hearing date and a five-year revised forecast from the school treasurer, covering 2019-2023, will be considered for approval.

Council approves resolution in support of USDA Development loan

Bluffton council passed a resolution of support for the application of Bluffton University to a United States Department of Agriculture Development Loan on Monday.

A copy of the resolution is attached at the bottom of this story.