A former Oblong High School football coach is moving on for the opportunity to coach again.
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education accepted the resignation of Travis Reider as grade-school teacher effective at the end of the 2019 school year at Thursday's meeting. Reider had served as the head high-school football coach in the past and led the Panthers to two playoff berths before stepping aside as coach.
Reider has accepted the head coaching position at Lawrenceville High School and will have the opportunity to turn around a struggling program.
"Travis did a great job for us," Oblong Unit 4 Superintendent Jeff Patchett said. "He led us to great success while he was here and we certainly wish him all the best."
The board also accepted Justin Swietzer's resignation as junior-high basketball coach and approved Ryan Kidwell as fifth- and sixth-grade basketball volunteer coach and hired Kelli Kamplain as special-education teacher and Denise McCleave as bus aide.
The board also approved David Weger, CPA, as the school auditor for the 2019-20 school year.
Looking ahead, the board is beginning to consider calendar options for the next school year. The process is being held up by changes in the state law concerning what instructional days will look like.
"The definition of teacher's institute days has changed and so some things are still up in the air," Patchett told board members. Patchett said state law requires there be 176 student attendance days.
The board set Thursday, May 16, 2019 as the graduation date for the grade school and Friday, May 17 as graduation for the high school.
In other business, the board continued to update the policy manual by approving over 30 policy updates and approved the opening of closed session minutes from July through December 2018.
The next regular meeting of the Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education will be Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Oblong Elementary Oblong Room.