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Manchester makes PLCC appointments

1/16/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

The Manchester Local Schools Board of Education selected business professionals in making appointments to the Portage Lakes Career Center Board of Education (PLCC).

At the Manchester Board of Education Jan. 14 organizational meeting, the board named Jack Daniels, president of Kandel Transport Inc., and Ron Robinson, president and owner of Employ-Temps Staffing Services, as the district’s representatives to the PLCC board.

Previously, the representatives to the PLCC board were members of the Manchester Board of Education. Last year, Gov. John Kasich’s budget included new requirements for joint vocational school or career center board appointments, which became effective Jan. 1.

The new law requires board members to be limited to two three-year terms and reflect the diversity of the employers from the PLCC’s geographical region. In addition, three of the five board members must reside in or be employed within the territory of the PLCC. Board members also must have experience as a chief financial officer, CEO, human resource manager or in other business, industry or career counseling and be qualified to discuss the labor needs of the region with respect to the regional economy, as well as represent employers in the region served by the school and be qualified to consider the state’s work-force needs with an understanding of the skills, training and education needed for current and future employment opportunities in the state.

“The board reviewed the law and signed a memorandum of understanding with the PLCC, and based on this, they did a thorough analysis of the in-house candidates and outside applicants, and they selected these two in the best interests of our students,” said Superintendent Sam Reynolds. “They are both CEOs and they have very impressive résumés. They are strong and knowledgeable public school advocates, and they will help us continue the great education provided by our public school.”

Daniels serves as chairman of the one-year-old Manchester Education Foundation, which was formed to support and enrich the education of Manchester students, according to Reynolds.

Robinson has been a strong supporter of the school district and last year donated numerous iPads for Nolley Elementary School students, Reynolds added.

In other business during the organizational meeting, new board member Randy Hoppe and re-elected board members Kelly Dolan and Richard Sponseller were sworn into office. Also, Sponseller was elected president and Amy Meredith was elected vice president of the board.

The board also agreed to adopt annual regulations regarding district operations.

During the regular meeting, the board approved the first of several resolutions needed to place a renewal of its five-year, 6.9-mill operating levy on an upcoming ballot. This first measure is a request to the Summit County Fiscal Office to certify the current tax valuation of the district and the dollar amount the levy would collect, Reynolds explained.

The levy, first approved in 1989, expires Dec. 31 and collects $682,250, according to Reynolds.

“This has been part of the school district’s daily operational budget for a long time,” he added. “This is not a tax increase for residents.”

A special meeting is set for Jan. 21 to adopt the second resolution and to decide when it will appear on the ballot, which could be as early as May, as well as to adopt a calendar for the next two schools years, according to Reynolds.

Also, the board approved the Fiscal Year 2015 Asking Budget, as requested by Treasurer David Osborne. This item is a “proposed budget” and shows the Summit County Budget Commission the necessity for the district’s levies, according to Reynolds.

Also during the regular meeting, the board approved the resignation of Melissa Noirot, a cafeteria worker at Nolley Elementary, effective Jan. 10, and her appointment as Xerox operator, effective Jan. 13.

The board also accepted donations of $40 for Nolley Elementary from Larry and Carol Kayla in memory of Skip and JoAnne Eckert and $200 each from B&B and Sons and Video Systems & Security for Manchester Middle School football equipment.

The next meeting is set for Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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