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Norton moves forward with construction

2/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Collins

The Norton City Schools Board of Education moved forward on the district’s school construction project during the Feb. 24 meeting.

According to district officials, the board unanimously approved two resolutions providing for the issuance and sale of bonds in an aggregate principal amount totaling $22.8 million for the school construction project.

The resolution states the purpose of the bonds is constructing, furnishing, equipping, adding to, renovating, remodeling, rehabilitating and improving school district buildings and facilities, and acquiring, clearing, improving and equipping real estate for school purposes and to retire notes previously issued for that purpose.

The resolution is a result of the passage of the district’s 3.89-mill bond issue in the Nov. 5 General Election. Funds from the bond issue allow the district to build a new high school and close two of its oldest buildings. The district also is slated to receive 51 percent of funds for the project from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

According to district officials, the board also approved the following:

  • the resignation of Jackie Mohseninia as assistant high school track coach and junior varsity girls basketball coach, retroactive to Dec. 22;
  • the hiring of Tracy Fortner as the junior varsity girls basketball coach;
  • substitute personnel, pending background and license checks for classified personnel Kelly Osolin, Nicholas Valentine, William Lynn and Jennifer Lowe; and certified personnel Lynn Repasky, Stephanie Suviderskas, Landry Wooley and Chrysanne Calabrese;
  • a $160 stipend for mentoring student teachers, paid from funds provided by The University of Akron, for Chuck Fowler, Lauren Butcher, Joyce Soranno and Jaime Grabski;
  • a stipend for mentoring student teachers, paid from funds provided by Kent State University, for Jake Schwendiman ($190), Steve Arlen ($190) and Katie Lowe ($300);
  • summer boys basketball and football camps;
  • a high school curriculum guide for the 2014-15 school year;
  • a minor revision to the calendar for the 2013-14 school year;
  • several donations to the district; and
  • reading intervention tutors to provide instruction from 7 to 8:15 a.m. for the Fast Forward Program, paid for by the Literacy Grant, at the tutor rate for Kim Bryant, Ashley Vargo, Miriam Daniel and Heather Waun.

The next regular school board meeting is set for March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton High School Media Center, 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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