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Green resident wins prize for high school baseball field

9/27/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

A Green resident won a prize that will be a big hit for the Green Local School District. The woman won a $20,000 makeover for the Green High School varsity baseball field.

At the Green Local Schools Board of Education meeting Sept. 24, Superintendent Mike Nutter announced Cathy Cull was the regional winner of the Chevrolet and Scott’s Diamonds & Dreams Field Makeover. Cull did not attend the meeting. An attempt at reaching her by presstime was not successful.

“We were pleasantly surprised by this, and we thank Cathy Cull for her generous gift,” Nutter said. “We greatly appreciate it.”

The makeover is taking place now and will be completed in a few weeks, Nutter said. The baseball field upgrades will include irrigation of the field and elevation of the pitcher’s mound.

“This is another example of the generosity our community has, and this shows what people are willing to do to keep our community strong,” said board member Mark Herdlick.

In its third year, Diamonds & Dreams has awarded more than 25 youth field makeovers across the country, according to Chevrolet’s website. Drawings for the project took place during the spring and summer, according to the website.

In other Green baseball news, David Lough, a 2004 Green graduate, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and singled at his first time at bat Sept. 1. Lough was a multi-sport athlete at Green, said Nutter.

“We are extremely excited for him,” Nutter said.

Also during the meeting, the board approved $43.5 million as permanent appropriations for fiscal year 2012. Appropriations are the estimated expenditures for the district.

The board recognized 10 retirees for their service to the district, including: teachers Kathleen Thaxton, Daniel Gourley and Shelly Ziesenheim; speech therapist Luan Korosa; aides Karen Fodor, Sue Vallee and Doris Sweitzer; transportation employees Rachel Kapper and Judy Crewes; and cafeteria worker Robin Smeltz.

“You have a combined 277 years of experience and have served the Green community and our kids,” said Bob Campbell, board president.

In other business, the board:

• accepted a $500 grant from Sheetz for the purchase of a laptop computer;

• accepted three $600 donations from Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics of Green, Securro Family Insurance Inc. and Bair’s Inc. to sponsor the Bulldog Dash scheduled for Oct. 14;

• approved 37 supplemental contracts;

• approved the contract with Akron Children’s Hospital Children’s Home Care Group as the provider of designated students’ nursing services, which is paid through special education funds;

• approved the contract with the Summit County Educational Service Center to employ an audiologist for two days of service for $550 a day; and

• approved the Ohio Performance Pilot Project for elementary and high school students. The pilot project will be for common core standards, Nutter said.

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

The next Green School Board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Building in the city of Green Council Chambers, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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