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Norton school board approves personnel changes

12/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

The Norton City Schools Board of Education approved several personnel changes in the district during the Dec. 16 meeting.

The board approved the resignations of bus driver Robert Kullman and Norton High School girls varsity soccer coach Chris Chapman; leave for Cornerstone School counselor Jackie Somerville; and a supplemental contract for Bethany Hardwick, ninth-grade cheerleading coach.

The board also approved the hiring of: Carrie Robison, an educational assistant at Norton Primary; and substitutes Jacqueline Mostoller, Victoria Ammond, Gabrielle Braud, Britney Fike, Jared Humphries, Christine Mehan, Jordan Smith and Emily Witten.

The board also approved several individuals for winter athletic services, including: Madeline Rohner, Jake Destefano, Brooke Robinson, Sadie Blackert, Chrissy Robinson, Paula Leonard, Brooke Tokes, Nick Milich, Kim Howe, Paul Howe, Logan Miller, Joey Hlas and Phil Seenes.

The board also had a work session before the regular meeting began to discuss progress being made with the new bond issue that was approved by Norton voters in November.

The board was informed that eight different companies presented their interest rates for the sale of notes to the district.

After being told the company with the lowest rate was Stifel Nicolaus, the board agreed to work with that brokerage and investment banking firm.

According to Treasurer Stephanie Hagenbush, Stifel Nicolaus will purchase notes and then give the district money for those notes so it can get a loan for the school improvement project. The district then will issue bonds, which will be used to pay back the notes originally issued. The interest rate offered is not public record at this time, according to Hagenbush, but will be released at a later date.

The board approved a resolution providing for the issuance and sale of notes for the district in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $13 million in anticipation of the issuance of bonds for the construction project. According to Hagenbush, this is not new money the district is receiving, but instead the district divided up the bonds into two series, and this is the second one.

In other business, the board:

  • approved a donation of 30 mouse pads at $1 each for Norton City Schools, donated by CDW; and
  • thanked board members Jim Bennett and Diane Farmer for their service to the board over the years, as this was both members’ last meeting. They did not seek re-election in the November election.

The next regular school board meeting is set for Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton High School Media Center, located at 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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