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Manchester school board honors retiring treasurer

4/17/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

Manchester Local School District officials said goodbye to the district’s longtime treasurer during the April 15 Board of Education meeting.

David Osborne, 66, has been the district treasurer since 1985 and is retiring at the end of this month. He was thanked by Superintendent Sam Reynolds and all of the board members for his service.

“You always kept us out of trouble,” said board President Rick Sponseller to Osborne, adding he has been approachable and friendly. “We appreciate your dedication to the kids.”

Reynolds said Osborne’s background of being a teacher, teacher union president and coach helped him to be a good treasurer.

“He has a huge place in his heart for children — his own and Manchester’s. Your caring for Manchester students for 28 years can never be matched by anyone. He was always able to give a clear perception of where finances were,” said Reynolds, noting how technology has changed over the years.

Osborne said when he began nearly 29 years ago, he was told he would retire from his position, and he always thought of himself as a protector of the district.

“Manchester has been a good place to work and is a nice community to raise a family,” Osborne said as he thanked district officials, his staff and his family.

In February, the board approved Jennifer Rucker to be the new treasurer. She has been the assistant treasurer for the past 10 years. Gina Taylor, currently the assistant to the treasurer, will be the new assistant treasurer.

Also during the meeting, Reynolds reminded voters about Issue No. 5, the five-year, 6.9-mill renewal levy that will be on the May 6 Primary Election ballot. The levy was first approved in 1989 and has been approved every five years after, said Reynolds. The levy generates $682,250 a year and is approximately 5.26 percent of the General Fund, he said.

The levy revenue pays for general operations of the district, which includes purchased services, textbooks, transportation, salaries, supplies and extracurricular activities, said Reynolds.

The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $103 per year, Reynolds said.

“This is a renewal issue, not a tax increase,” said Reynolds.

In a financial matter, the board approved a resolution to authorize and certify the tax levies to the Summit County Fiscal Office.

In other business, the board:

  • accepted a donation from Dennis Myers for $10,000 for the Teachers’ Memorial Scholarship. A 1983 Manchester graduate, Myers also graduated from Case Western Reserve University and Harvard School of Law, according to James Robinson, director of curriculum and instruction. Myers was a student athlete and “a great kid,” said Robinson;
  • approved four certified continuing contracts, which are effective for the 2014-15 school year;
  • approved one classified resignation;
  • approved two classified appointments;
  • approved 11 classified continuing contracts and 10 classified two-year contracts, all effective for the 2014-15 school year; and
  • approved five supplemental nonrenewals.

The next meeting will take place May 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, located at 6075 Manchester Road.

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