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Highland school board honors teacher with award

5/22/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Collins

Christopher Ilg was presented with the Homer B. Smith Teacher of Excellence Award at the Highland Board of Education meeting May 19. He is shown at center with Medina County Schools Educational Service Center Superintendent William Koran, at left, and Homer Smith.
Photo courtesy of Highland Local Schools
The Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center (ESC) Governing Board and the Highland Local School District presented Christopher Ilg the 2014 Homer B. Smith Teacher of Excellence Award at the Highland Board of Education meeting May 19.

According to district officials, the Governing Board annually recognizes one teacher from the three local school districts to be honored with this award. As part of the award, Ilg was presented with a plaque, commemorative mug and a $1,500 gift certificate that entitles him to attend any national conference of his choice within his field of expertise.

Ilg is the choir and music theory teacher at Highland High School and has taught at Highland for the past 23 years, according to district officials.

He was nominated by Highland High School Assistant Principal Carrie Knapp for his devotion and commitment to his students and the community, according to district officials. Knapp said Ilg “continuously works at his craft to increase the quality of learning for the students at Highland High School.”

Ilg, of Medina, has written and received a grant to improve individual assessment opportunities for his students, according to district officials. In addition to teaching, he is actively involved with community members and attends various meetings.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the retirement of Highland Middle School Principal John Deuber effective June 27, according to Dawn Marzano, director of communications for the district. The board then also agreed to hire Deuber as the new Highland High School assistant principal and athletic administrator for one year, effective July 1.

Last month, the board agreed to abolish the athletic director position in order to reorganize, consolidate and realign administrative functions to better meet the organizational needs and educational goals of the district, according Marzano.

In other business, according Marzano, the board:

  • approved a change of status for Hinckley Elementary Principal Rob Henry to become the new Middle School principal effective Aug. 1;
  • approved a two-year contract for Craig Caroff as the new Hinckley Elementary principal effective Aug. 1;
  • accepted donations from the Highland Athletic Boosters for Highland High School’s sports complex;
  • hired Gilbane Building Co. as construction manager at risk for the sports complex project;
  • accepted a foreign exchange student from Kagawa, Japan, and waived all associated fees for the 2014-15 school year;
  • adopted the high school handbook and student fees for the next school year;
  • adopted the middle school and elementary school handbooks for the next school year;
  • approved the membership agreement with the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the next school year;
  • approved several personnel items, including teaching contracts and other positions with the district; and
  • approved an updated five-year forecast.

The next school board meeting is set for June 16 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Road.

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