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Recap of April 2024 Bluffton Board of Education Meeting

By Betsi Werling

The Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Board of Education met on April 15 to consider action items including preparations for the 2024-2025 academic year. These items focused on school fees, teaching contracts and assignments, along with updates to handbooks. Administrative reports were heard and a newly created technology cart for Podcasts was demonstrated.

STAFFING FOR 2024-2025

Superintendent Greg Denecker introduced Jared Breece, who will be the H.S. social studies teacher. Breece has taught at Pandora-Gilboa schools and graduated from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Stephanie McMahon, a Bluffton High School graduate, will be a M.S. math teacher. She most recently taught at Allen East and coaches swimming. Aubrey Imm will be the 7th grade math teacher. She is from Ottawa and also graduated from BGSU.

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Recap of April 9 Village Council meeting

Original Pathway Board members have served since 2009

By Paula Pyzik Scott

The Village of Bluffton Council held a regular meeting on April 9 which included reports on how recent and future rains are impacting the village.

VILLAGE ADMINISTRATION
Assistant Administrator Bryan Lloyd spoke about the performance of the water treatment plant on April 2, when flood conditions closed College Ave. at Riley Creek. He reported that pump speeds were raised to 5.5 million gallons per day (nearing the maximum of the plant design) and that they have never been pushed that hard before. No overflows or backups were reported.

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March 25 Bluffton Council: BPD awards 2023 Citizens of the Year honors to three residents

PHOTOS clockwise) Ross Zimmerman sworn in as Bluffton Police Officer; Teri Steinmetz accepts BPD Citizen of the year honors shared with Ryan Demarco and Makayla White; members of Bluffton Boy Scouts Troop 256.

CORRECTION: The last name of Officer Abby Michael was spelled incorrectly in the first version of this article.

By Paula Pyzik Scott

The 28-page meeting packet is HERE.

The March 25 regular meeting of the Bluffton Council presented a gallery full of people including Boy Scouts from Troop 256, an admittedly unusual condition for these meetings. The Scouts were introduced to the Village Councilors and to the staff in attendance.

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Notice of Village meetings March 27-April 12

The Village of Bluffton has announced the following public meetings for the council and its committees.

Please note that the next Village Council meeting has been moved from the regular Monday date to Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. to avoid possible issues with the eclipse.

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Recap of March Bluffton Board of Education meeting

By Paula Pyzik Scott

The March 18 meeting of the Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Board Of Education included action items on teaching and staff retirements, and new hires, as well as a presentation by a well-prepared first grader turned teacher.

A big round of applause followed a lesson on lions by Elisha Birkey, a student in Amber Huffman’s first grade class. Elisha busted the myth that lions live in caves and used materials to illustrate his main points. Answering questions from board members, he explained that he had previously given the presentation to his class in January. 

Superintendent Greg Denecker told the board of the death of 7th grade math teacher Katrina M. Riepenhoff, who was a heart transplant recipient at age 16 (her obituary is HERE). He praised the quick response of grief support volunteers who arrive at the school within an hour of the news on Friday.

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Youth Soccer Complex plan discussed at March 11 council meeting

By Paula Pyzik Scott

The March 11 meeting of the Bluffton council was the Mitch Kingsley and Bluffton Soccer Club show. This reporter expected something out of the ordinary when eight people were in attendance, a large crowd for a council meeting.

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