Some residents in Northeastern Wayne Schools’ district might not pay any extra taxes for repairs to its high school because they’ve already reached their property tax caps. 

During its May 29 meeting, school officials and their advisers outlined the need for repairing masonry, its costs and using a bond to pay for the work. No one from the public spoke during the $5.7 million project’s second public hearing.  

Residents of Fountain City, Whitewater, and Franklin, Greene, New Garden and Webster townships would pay $2.16 more monthly starting in 2025 for homes worth $75,000. 

For everyone except Fountain City residents, that tax increases to $3.75 monthly for a home worth $100,000. Those with homes valued at $150,000 in Whitewater or Franklin Township will pay $7.36 more each month.  

Fountain City’s tax cap takes effect for homes at $81,500 and above. The cap is $132,000 for Webster; $136,750, New Garden; $148,500, Greene; $153,500, Franklin; and $166,000, Whitewater.  

Taxes would increase 25 cents per month per farmland acre. 

The three board members present, Shawntel Baker, Kim Claypoole and Keith Webster, agreed the bond should be pursued. 

In other business

The board approved funding Communities in Schools site coordinators in NWS schools for 2024-25. The cost would be $74,336, but NWS will receive a $18,175 credit because the high school was staffed only for about three weeks in 2023-24, reducing the bill to $56,161.

The board also approved 11 new doors and locks for classrooms for $24,303.90. The original plan was to replace locks, but they won’t fit existing doors. 

Personnel updates

These changes were approved at May 22 and 29 meetings.  


  • Krista Hendrickson, from Northeastern Middle School English/language arts to NMS physical education
  • Meghan Scales, NMS ELA to NMS math 
  • Megan Moreland, NMS PE to NHS PE
  • Autumn Kelly, Northeastern Early Learning Center teaching assistant to NELC teacher 
  • Ryan Halloran, NHS science to NWS athletic director
  • Dalton Nickloy, NES teaching assistant to NMS full-time teaching assistant 
  • Adam Spurlock, part-time sub to permanent substitute
  • Hannah Coyle, permanent sub to certified fifth grade teacher

New hires

  • Emma Robinson, part-time food service
  • Kensey Albertson, food service
  • Emily Keesling, NELC teacher
  • Kristy Anderson and Ken Powell, adjunct teachers
  • Teresa Carson, sub positions (teacher, bus driver, etc.)


  • Lacey Moore NELC teaching assistant
  • Kendra Gray, food services
  • Ashlyn Yoder, NHS teacher

 Extra-curricular, coaches and summer positions

  • Amy Wiley, NES PTO Teacher Representative
  • Brady Day, NES choral director
  • Darcy Catey, NES MTSS Chair
  • Carrie Ingalls, NES/NELC mentor teacher
  • Kimberly Miller, summer band director; Daniel Eisenhofer, summer assistant band director; Brianna Jay, summer Damsels director
  • Matt Haynes, summer school teacher
  • Brent Ross, summer boys basketball
  • Cody Dudley, summer girls basketball
  • Wes Oler, summer football
  • Allison McCumons, AG SAE supervisor
  • Nolan Drake, part-time summer custodial work
  • Mike Keesling, summer school advanced manufacturing
  • Cait Gillhand, summer custodial work


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A version of this article appeared in the June 5 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.