Copley BOE hires new assistant principal for high school
Copley High School science teacher W. Matthew Young won’t be in the classroom this fall. The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education (BOE) is sending him to the assistant principal’s office.
But far from being in trouble, Young has been selected to replace Rick Gurski as second-in-command at the high school.
Young, at the board’s June 26 meeting, was awarded a two-year administrative contract effective Aug. 1. Young taught advanced-placement science, according to Superintendent Brian Poe.
“We will miss him in the classroom,” Poe said.
Gurski was hired as Copley High School assistant principal in August 2010 and resigned effective with the end of the 2011-12 school year.
The board also accepted nearly $58,000 in donations from the Copley-Fairlawn Middle School PTA and the Copley Adult All Sports Booster Club. The middle school PTA donated $15,286 to purchase equipment for an iPad lab and $6,000 for new playground equipment. The Adult All Sports Booster Club contributed about $36,502 to the athletic department.
Board member Julie Schafer expressed the board’s gratitude for the “significant monetary donations” and thanked the two organizations.
District administrators will see no increase in salary for the 2013 fiscal year. The board approved the administrative salary schedule with no increases over the current fiscal year, Poe said.
In other business, the board:
• approved temporary appropriations for fiscal year 2012;
• authorized entering into contracts with Capitol Aluminum and Glass for window and door replacement at Copley High School ($375,400), First Class Exteriors for classroom renovations ($88,824) and Carpenter Asphalt for parking lot renovations ($131,500). All expenditures are from the Permanent Improvement Fund;
• approved $7,200 in change orders for Vasco Sports Contractors for additional work on the Copley High School track replacement project, with funds from the Permanent Improvement Fund;
• approved the payment of $100 each from the Basketball Activity Fund to Douglas Allen, Duane Daily, Mark Dente, Steve Doss, Scott Gabor and Bryan Neuhauser for work at the Copley Boys Basketball Camp;
• approved disposal of two vans, two school buses and used math textbooks;
• accepted the resignations of Director of Pupil Services Tracy Lichtenfels and tutors Christine Phelan, Laura Poundstone and Rebecca Varner;
• recalled teachers Jennifer Lindsey, Stacey Mruczkowski and Andrea Moore from the earlier approved reduction-in-force list;
• hired summer workers; and
• hired curriculum coordinators.
The next regular Copley-Fairlawn BOE meeting will take place July 17 at 7 p.m. in the Main Office Conference Room at Copley High School, 3797 Ridgewood Road.
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