Copley-Fairlawn school board hires new pupil services director
The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education hired Denise Cirino to serve as the district’s director of pupil services during the July 17 meeting.
Cirino replaces Tracy Lichtenfels, whose resignation was accepted at the June meeting. Cirino served in a similar position for the Summit County Educational Service Center when she was chosen for the Copley-Fairlawn job, said Superintendent Brian Poe.
The board also hired Joshua Eck as a high school science teacher, Nusrat Mehdi as a middle school art teacher, Christine Sims as a middle school language arts teacher, Mary Stockdale as a high school math teacher and Nikki Cox as a part-time library/media associate at Arrowhead Primary School.
A policy prohibiting bake sales during lunch periods was amended by the board. The policy, adopted at the June meeting, was revised to allow bake sales during lunch periods at the discretion of the building principal and superintendent.
Also during the meeting, Poe updated the board on the district’s progress on the use of personal electronic devices by teachers. Poe said the staff has been sent a survey via email to find out how the use of personal electronic devices such as iPads and smart phones could be used to enhance instruction. Staff feedback so far indicates teachers would find it easier to access their email and Progress Book. The district plans to allow staff members with personal electronic devices to log onto the district network as guests, Poe said.
For the second year, the board adopted a set of goals that include providing a quality educational program while operating within fiscal parameters determined by the community, hiring highly qualified staff and faculty, ensuring schools are a safe place to learn and work, maintaining quality facilities, promoting strong community relations and focusing on the needs of every segment of the student population to maximize academic, extracurricular and personal development of all students.
In other business, the board:
• approved awarding a $120 stipend from The University of Akron for use in the classroom to Lori Ciula. Ciula, a middle school band teacher, served as a student teacher mentor in spring 2012;
• adopted the textbook “Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts”;
• approved the eighth-grade trip May 29-31 to Washington, D.C.;
• recalled Amy Belles, adaptive physical education teacher, from the reduction in force list;
• granted an unpaid medical leave of absence to Linda Parker, Copley-Fairlawn Middle School tutor, for the 2011-12 school year;
• hired substitute certified and classified personnel for the 2012-13 school year;
• accepted the resignations of tutors Shannon Davis and Kaitlyn Gallagher and teacher Young-Ji Kim, effective at the end of the 2011-12 school year;
• accepted the resignation of secretary Denise Negowski, effective Aug. 1;
• accepted donations of $50 from Mr. and Mrs. Long in memory of Garred Kimmel for purchase of books for the Herberich Primary School science library, $9,000 from the Fort Island Primary School Parent-Teacher Association for playground equipment and educational materials from the family of Catherine Woloch for Fort Island Primary School; and
• awarded supplemental contracts, including those for Mark Dente, Copley High School (CHS) head boys basketball coach; Darryl Anderson as CHS head girls basketball coach; Lex Burnsed, CHS swimming head coach; James Dies, CHS wrestling head coach and Ron Viscounte, winter season weight room supervisor.
The next Copley-Fairlawn Board of Education meeting will take place Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. in the main office conference room at Copley High School, 3797 Ridgewood Road.
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