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Green board narrows field of super candidates

6/6/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

GREEN — Green Local Schools officials are getting a step closer to hiring a new superintendent.

At the May 27 Green Board of Education meeting, board President Steven Foster said the board is working with the firm Finding Leaders in the superintendent search. The board approved the Finding Leaders contract for $7,500 plus expenses at the meeting.

“We are hoping to have the new superintendent by the June board meeting, if everything goes as planned,” said Foster.

Current Superintendent Mike Nutter, who was hired in 2009, submitted his resignation April 22. He is using his vacation time and is no longer in office, said Foster. At the meeting, the board approved his new resignation date as July 1 from July 31.

“By taking his vacation days now, he [Nutter] is saving the district money,” Foster said.

The board narrowed the field of 40 candidates down to six, said Foster, and interviews with the candidates with the board began last week. Second-round interviews will take place this week and next week with the board, administrators and representatives from the community, Foster said.

According to Finding Leaders officials, since the meeting May 27, one of the six candidates has withdrawn their name. The remaining candidates include: Amanda Hogue-Gardinsky, director of continuous improvement at Perry Local Schools; Dennis Honkala, superintendent of the Ravenna School District; Tod Hug, superintendent of Ayersville Local Schools; Jeffrey Miller, principal of Green Middle School; and Debra Kennedy, assistant superintendent of New Philadelphia City Schools.

In personnel business, the board renewed three-year contracts for two principals, Scott Aten, of Greenwood Early Learning Center, and Mark Booth, of Green Intermediate School. Aten has been principal for two years and Booth has been principal for 14 years.

Transportation Supervisor Glenna Romine was also offered a three-year contract renewal. She has served in that position for four years, according to district officials.

The board accepted the retirement of Nancy Gregg, who has taught 23 years in the district. She was a band and computer teacher at Green Intermediate and Green Middle schools.

In student news, the board:

√ recognized students of the month, including Kelsie Keefer at Greenwood Early Learning Center, Michael Bidinger at Green Primary School, Zarah Belacic at Green Intermediate School, Arora Givens at Green Middle School, and Dara Willis and Daniel Hawk at Green High School; and

√ recognized ComDoc Developing Leaders of Tomorrow, including Matt Cefalu, Josh Conant, Aleigha Craig, Jordan Hallbauer, Addison Hujar, Andrew Magill, Jennifer Naegeli, Sean Nishwitz, Maria Pappano and David Thum. The students, who just completed their junior year, are working on a project to have student-written course descriptions, including the expected workload for each class, in place by next spring, said Connie Leonard, board member.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the five-year forecast prepared by Treasurer Eydie Snowberger;
  • accepted donations of $600 from Just Be for the Bulldog Dash;
  • accepted $600 from Akron Children’s Hospital for the Greenwood Early Learning Center silent auction;
  • accepted donations totaling $16,932 from 11 local companies, the city of Green and Green PTA for the Harlem Wizards event;
  • accepted $750 from Wal-Mart to purchase DVDs and CDs for Green Primary School’s Character Education Program;
  • approved a contract for $34,567 for NEOnet for payroll services from July 1 through June 30, 2014;
  • approved a resolution to administer interim end-of-course exams in American history and American government high school classes for the next school year;
  • approved agreements for using student teachers through The University of Akron and Malone University;
  • approved a contract for the Summit County Educational Service Center for salary and benefits for school psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and administration, which is paid for through grant funds;
  • approved a contract for $124,8000 for Epiphany Management Group for technology support; and
  • approved a contract for ComDoc for 60 months.

“There will be all new copiers in all the buildings this summer, and we are adding new ones,” said Kimberly Brueck, director of learning and technology.

The board adjourned for an executive session to discuss personnel issues.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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