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Norton City Schools authorizes MOU for licensing of teacher

NORTON —During its regular meeting March 11, the Norton City Schools Board of Education approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Norton Classroom Teachers Association (NCTA) to reimburse teacher Danielle Perella-Dutton.
The MOU is from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024. Perella-Dutton has agreed to enroll and complete coursework through Kent State University to become qualified to be licensed through the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce (DEW) as a Career Based Intervention (CBI) teacher with the district. The agreement indicates that Perella-Dutton must earn a grade of “C” or higher for each course toward obtaining her CBI endorsement.
In other business, the board:
• accepted a donation of $25,000 for the speech/debate and drama programs in honor of William Vaill and a donation of $25,000 to be used for a scholarship fund in memory of Ramesh Kakarala, of the class of 1985, both donated by the Kakarala Foundation;
• accepted a donation of $1,200 from the Class of 1971 to Norton High School for scholarships;
• appointed Christopher Inks to fill the unexpired term created by the resignation of board member Patrick Burch. Inks’ term will end on Dec. 31, 2026;
• approved an unpaid leave for intervention specialist Dawn Thompson;
• authorized a summer reading program for grades one through five every Wednesday from June through August 2024;
• authorized hiring two to three teachers for the summer reading program at $23 per hour; and
• authorized an online middle school summer remediation program for grades five through eight for $50 per student, and hiring one or two teachers at $23 per hour.
The board also recognized the following students of the month: Lucy Conger, primary; Donovan Gross, elementary; Avery Matheny, middle school; Jacob Ford, high school; and Daniel Livergood, HS Compact.
The board then went into executive session to discuss personnel matters and the sale of property, with no action taken.
The Norton City Schools board will next meet at 7 p.m. on April 15 in the Middle School Panther Room, 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.