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3/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Manchester BOE approves personnel matters

NEW FRANKLIN — The Manchester Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) approved numerous personnel matters at the March 18 meeting.

According to district officials, after approving business routine matters, the board approved recommendations presented by the superintendent that included:

  • the retirement of middle school teachers JoEtte Olesky and Wayne Sanders, and high school teacher Bradley Petraitis, all effective May 31, and the retirement of bus driver Sandra Koloniar, as of July 1;
  • the supplemental resignations of Brandy Cash from the seventh-grade girls basketball team, as of March 9; high school Art Club adviser Petraitis, as of May 31; and Sanders as middle school Ski Club adviser, Tennis Club adviser and film courier, all as of May 31;
  • a continuing contract to master custodian John Daily; bus drivers Debra Daniels, Les Elgin and Michele Mong; cafeteria worker Melissa Noirot; and transportation monitor Lee Ann Wallace;
  • two-year contracts for teacher’s aide Stephanie Garrett, master custodian Dawn Stoker, cafeteria worker Kelly Tapia, custodian Daniel Winkler and head cook Kelly Whitt;
  • supplemental nonrenewals of 22 middle and high school sports assistants; and
  • donations of $2,210 from anonymous donors for a baseball fundraiser and $150 from the Manchester Alumni for the Manchester High School Chemistry Club.

The next Manchester BOE meeting will take place April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.


New Hoban president announced

Todd Sweda
SOUTH AKRON — The Archbishop Hoban High School Board of Directors has announced that Todd Sweda, Ed.D., has been appointed the next president of the school. He replaces Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C., who will be leaving the position at the end of the school year. Haders has served as president of the school for 17 years.

Sweda comes to Hoban from Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, where he has been the assistant headmaster since 2003. He has a background in administration, institutional advancement, academic development and board relations.

Before becoming assistant headmaster at Gilmour, Sweda served as an English teacher, director of the residential program, director of the middle school, dean of student affairs and dean of academic programs and planning. He also has served as an academic adviser, senior project director and student government moderator.

“We found in Dr. Sweda someone who is committed to the Holy Cross values and traditions that make Hoban unique,” said William Scala, chairman of Hoban’s Board of Directors. “His experience as an academic leader is strong, and we look forward to all that he will bring to the Hoban family.”

According to Hoban officials, Sweda has participated in local and national programs to preserve and promote the unique charism of Holy Cross education.

“I am so pleased to be joining such an extraordinary community with a long tradition of excellence in academics, athletics and co-curricular achievements,” Sweda said. “I am honored and thrilled to begin sharing in the leadership efforts to advance the school’s Holy Cross mission and vision.”

Prior to his work at Gilmour, Sweda was at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Md., serving as the director of the annual fund and alumni relations, associate director of the capital campaign and associate director of institutional advancement. He was also an English teacher and dean.

Sweda also has served as a board member for the Elyria Catholic High School Educational Endowment Foundation, as an adjunct instructor at the Center for Educational Leadership at Cleveland State University and as a member for several accreditation teams in the region. He is a parishioner at St. Dominic Church in Shaker Heights.

Sweda received his bachelor of arts in English from Wittenberg University, a master of arts in the humanities from Georgetown University and a doctor of education in educational leadership, management and policy from Seton Hall University.


Green students finalists in Better Business Bureau essay contest

GREEN — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Center for Character Ethics announced the 2013 finalists in its statewide Laws of Life Essay Contest and they include Green Middle School and Green High School students.

According to BBB officials, the statewide contest, in its 13th year, is open to winners of local Laws of Life essay contests in middle and high schools. The contest encourages students to think about the people and experiences that have helped to shape their principles and challenges them to write about what they believe in. A panel of business leaders, educators and community volunteers judged the entries. Perseverance, compassion, honesty and appreciation are some of the topics this year’s finalists wrote about in their essays, according to BBB officials.

Sir John Templeton, a noted financier and philanthropist, created the Laws of Life Essay Contest in 1987 to challenge young people to reflect and write about their values, according to BBB officials. Today, the contest is a community-wide effort that promotes communication among students, teachers, parents and business members to advance universal ethical principles such as forgiveness, honesty, respect and love, according to BBB officials.

The BBB Center for Character Ethics adopted the contest to help young people develop positive ethics that will lead them into adulthood as members of the future work force, said BBB officials.

For information on sponsoring a local contest, visit lol.centerforcharacterethics.org/contests/ohio.

The Awards Banquet for the contest will take place April 25 in Columbus, where the winners will be announced. Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo will address the finalists and offer congratulations. Cash prizes for the finalists range from $25 to $500, according to BBB officials.

For more information about the program, contact Lucy Frontera at lawsoflife@centerforcharacterethics.org or 614-893-9971.


Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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