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5/2/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Manchester BOE selects new member

NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) has selected Kelly Dolan to replace board member LeAnn Nichols, who resigned April 1 due to a move out of the district.

According to Superintendent Sam Reynolds, the board received seven applications for the seat on the board.

“The board has the authority to select the new member,” said Reynolds. “They thoroughly reviewed the seven applications, which were all highly qualified. The decision was a rigorous one. They interviewed several and selected Kelly due to her extensive experience in marketing and fundraising and strong community service.”

Reynolds said Dolan works for the Green YMCA in member communications and is co-owner of Dolan Home Improvement. She is a resident of New Franklin and has children in Nolley Elementary and Manchester Middle schools.

He added that Dolan is president of the Omega House Association, Alpha Gamma Delta at The University of Akron, and also developed a process to bring student and alumni together. She has also served on the Manchester PTA.

“The board wanted to bring her on board to help the district,” said Reynolds.

Also at the meeting, the board approved:

  • a supplemental contract to Allyson Mobley as assistant softball coach;
  • a trip for the Concert Band to Cedar Point May 11; and
  • a resolution to reject the expansion of vouchers in House Bill 59.

The next board meeting is set for May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.


Coventry district, OAPSE agree on contract

COVENTRY — Educators of the Coventry Local School District will continue to forego raises at least until the end of the 2014-15 school year.

At a special morning meeting April 30, the Board of Education approved a two-year contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), Local 131, in effect July 1 through June 30, 2015.

Coventry Superintendent Russell Chaboudy said the contract includes a two-year step increase, but salaries will remain frozen, as they have the past few years. He added there were no additional language changes in the new agreement.

“OAPSE has been hit hard the last couple of years with layoffs, and the members have really stepped up to make up for the losses,” Chaboudy explained. “I am very appreciative of their efforts.”

Local OASPE President Brad Stough explained the teachers of Coventry fully comprehend the fiscal constraints the district continues to face.

“Our members understand the financial condition of the district, and we are doing what we can to help pass the issue on the May 7 ballot,” he said.

A combined 5.99-mill levy and bond issue, Issue No. 5, is on the May 7 Primary/Special Election ballot for the district.

The combined issue — with $11 million being offered by the state — would help fund the construction of a high school and renovations to failing buildings and aid the district in paying down debt associated with ongoing maintenance issues at Coventry’s aged schools, according to district officials.

The next regular Coventry school board meeting will be May 21 at 6 p.m. at Coventry High School, 3089 Manchester Road.


Green High School hosting fundraiser

The Green High School Student Council will sponsor a Team Ben benefit May 10 in honor of junior Ben Ladich. Team Ben T-shirts, shown above, are being sold.
Photo courtesy of Green High School
GREEN — The Green High School Student Council will sponsor a Team Ben benefit May 10 in honor of junior Ben Ladich, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in January.

Ben’s mother, Bethany Ladich, is a data processing secretary at the school, according to Green High School Principal Cindy Brown.

The benefit will include the sale of a limited number of Team Ben T-shirts, all donated by the Student Council, for $10 during lunch periods at the high school while supplies last, according to Brown. In addition, stylists from Signature Hair Salon will shave heads during lunch periods that day for those who want to show their support for Ben. The cost of a shave is $5.

The hair-cutting services are being donated by Kelly Paugh, owner of the salon, who is a 1998 Green High School graduate, according to Brown.

Both the T-shirts and the head shaving are available to the public.

Brown added that all proceeds from the event will benefit Project B.E.A.R. Inc., upon Ben’s request.

Project Bear offers comfort and support to grieving families suffering the loss of a newborn due to stillbirth or neonatal death by giving them a teddy bear to honor a lost child.


Goodwill Industries of Akron receives Energy Star rating

SOUTH AKRON — Goodwill Industries of Akron has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification for its East Waterloo Road location.

According to Goodwill officials, this certification signifies the facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets the strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

The agency will celebrate this award as part of its upcoming activities during Goodwill Industries Week May 5-11.

Goodwill Industries International marks Goodwill Industries Week, a time for local Goodwills to celebrate their successes and educate their communities about their mission — helping people with disabilities and disadvantages find good work, according to Goodwill officials.

Beginning May 5 through May 11, customers in Goodwill Industries’ retail stores will be treated to discounts and special offers, including for those customers who round up their purchase to the next dollar, donating the change to Goodwill.

Also that week, Goodwill will have an open house and behind-the-scenes tours of its Service Center at 570 E. Waterloo Road at the following dates and times: May 5 from noon to 2:30 p.m. (with Akron Aeros games tickets available on a prize wheel), May 9 from 3 to 6 p.m., May 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and May 11 from noon to 3:30 p.m. (with Akron Aeros mascot Orbit greeting guests and offering game tickets).

Tours will be offered every 15 minutes, and participants can spin the prize wheel for Akron Aeros tickets and other prizes, and enter drawings for Goodwill gift cards.

For details on Goodwill, visit www.goodwillakron.org or call 800-989-8428.


Letter carriers help Stamp out Hunger

GREATER AKRON — The National Association of Letter Carriers and Branch No. 148 carriers will collect nonperishable food items May 11 for distribution to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank as part of Stamp out Hunger.

Donors are asked to place a food donation beside their mailboxes that day for pick-up by letter carriers.

For more information or to donate large quantities, call the Branch 148 Union Hall at 330-535-4500.


New Franklin Memorial Day parade planned

NEW FRANKLIN — New Franklin will celebrate Memorial Day with a parade May 27.

U.S. veterans, active military, Scout groups, clubs, bands, sports teams, youth groups, businesses and others are invited to participate, according to parade officials. Antique vehicles and bicycles also may join the parade.

City officials are asking all entries in the parade to be “tastefully decorated” in a patriotic theme.

The lineup for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, 5781 Manchester Road, and the parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Trophy awards will be presented for best-decorated floats, bicycles and vehicles.

For more information or to secure a spot in the lineup, call Tami Stefan at 330-882-4324.

Emily Chesnic, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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