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Manchester board conducts routine business

5/22/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

Manchester Local Schools officials handled routine matters at the May 20 Board of Education meeting and listened to complaints from neighbors of Lockhart Field.

Bill and Nancy Hagemeier have lived on West Nimisila Road next to Lockhart Field for 41 years. They told district officials they want to protect their property from litter and constant traffic through their yard.

They said two couches were recently dumped on their property.

“They [the couches] are a magnet for rodents and a magnet for other dumping. We want to keep our property as nice as we can,” said Nancy Hagemeier, adding there is no fence delineating the private property from the field.

Lockhart Field is located at Nimisila and Manchester roads and is owned by the district and used by the community youth for sports.

Superintendent Sam Reynolds said the board will discuss this matter and the couches have been removed.

“We appreciate your coming here and sharing your concerns,” he said.

In another matter, Reynolds told the board eighth-grader Cecilia Speck won the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Essay Contest and she is invited to read her winning essay to the Ohio Senate May 28. The Ohio legislature is considering naming Portage Lakes the Purple Martin Capital of Ohio.

In a financial matter, Treasurer Jennifer Rucker thanked voters for passing the five-year operating levy May 6.

“Thank you to the community for their support. Now will we have a positive cash flow for the next five years,” she said.

During an executive session, the board voted to reduce the staff of the treasurer’s office by eliminating a part-time position, saving the district $24,118, according to Reynolds. Gina Taylor will be assistant treasurer; she previously was the treasurer’s assistant.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the updated five-year forecast for 2015;
  • accepted the retirement of Thomas Hoch, a Manchester High School science teacher who has taught for 33 years in the district. He will be honored at the next board meeting;
  • approved one classified appointment and one classified one-year contract for custodians;
  • approved 144 students as the graduating class of 2014;
  • approved membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for Manchester High School and Manchester Middle School for the 2014-15 school year;
  • designated the evening of April 23, 2015, as Fine Arts Day for the district, and no athletic or extracurricular events will be scheduled that evening so the community can focus on the fine arts;
  • approved a trip for eighth-graders to Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for March 26-28, 2015;
  • approved the two-game trip Dec. 5-6 for the boys basketball team to Vermilion High School;
  • approved donations from the Manchester Middle School PTA for $465 for the fifth-grade field trip and $427 for the seventh-grade field trip;
  • accepted a donation of $3,000 to the Manchester High School band from Ron Robinson and a donation of $3,000 to the Nolley Elementary School special education department from Sharon Robinson. Ron Robinson serves on the Portage Lakes Career Center Board of Education, and he and his wife have two children in the district — Jerod, in eighth grade, and Haley, in fourth grade. He said he has a son in band and a daughter in special education, and he is impressed by the quality of the staff in the district.
    “This is a way of expressing my gratitude to the school system,” he said; and
  • approved 24 supplemental athletic appointments, including Jamie Banner-Snyder, high school cheerleading adviser; Scott Carpenter, boys soccer head coach; James Maloof, high school varsity volleyball coach; Riley Miller, middle school wrestling coach; Jim Morehart, softball head coach; Gene Schindewolf, high school boys head basketball coach; and Steve Strasser, boys tennis coach. Several of the appointments are volunteers.
    “A lot of people are here who went to school here and are giving back,” said Rick Sponseller, board president. “We are fortunate to have all these good people.”

The board adjourned to executive session to discuss personnel and property matters.

The next meeting is set for June 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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