South Side Education News & Notes
Plusquellic, Pry team teach UA political science class
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and Summit County Executive Russ Pry will bring decades of practical political experience to the classroom as they team-teach “Practical Governing: The Buck Stops Here” this fall at The University of Akron (UA).
The course is in keeping with the “applied politics” mission of the university’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, bringing seasoned practitioners of government and politicians of all persuasions into the classroom, according to UA officials.
The class will focus on how policies are developed, implemented and managed.
“This course is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn how local government really works,” said Bliss Institute Director John Green. “There is no substitute for real-world experience.”
Plusquellic and Pry will teach the class without compensation, according to UA officials. In lieu of payment, UA will make a donation equal to the amount of their earnings to the Plusquellic Foundation, a fund that awards tuition scholarships for Akron residents to attend UA.
The three-credit-hour course will be taught on Wednesday nights and is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students in political science and public administration and to other students with permission, according to UA officials. The class is limited to 25 students. For more information about enrolling, contact the Bliss Institute at 330-972-5182.
Norton school board approves new principal
NORTON — The Norton City Schools Board of Education approved several personnel items during the Aug. 18 meeting.
The board unanimously approved a two-year contract for Amy Olivieri, who will be the new Cornerstone Elementary principal. Olivieri has been a teacher at Norton High School for over 10 years, according to the district’s website. She also was an adviser to many school clubs.
In other business, the board approved:
- the resignations of several employees;
- substitute personnel for the 2014-15 school year;
- the preschool curriculum for the 2014-15 school year;
- bus routes for the 2014-15 school year (the bus routes are available for review in the transportation department);
- the managed print services agreement with Blue Technologies;
- the service agreement with Medina County Schools Educational Service Center (MCSESC). This is an agreement for the MCSESC to provide special education services to the district. According to the agreement, the services are for autism/behavioral counseling; and
- the agreement with Summit County Educational Service Center’s Kids First program for the 2014-15 school year. This program works with children who have autism spectrum disorders.
The next regular school board meeting is set for Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton High School Media Center, 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.
Julia Kazar and Pam Lifke contributed to these reports.
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