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Manchester board welcomes new teachers

9/19/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Joyce Rainey Long

Manchester Local Schools Board of Education officials welcomed 14 new teachers and approved permanent appropriations for the fiscal year during the Sept. 17 meeting.

At Nolley Elementary School, Joshua Chadima is teaching fourth grade; Alison Gareri, kindergarten; Desiree Kramer, a part-time Title I position; Rebecca Matson, fourth grade; Chelsea Megyes, special education; and Amber Slimak, a Title I position. At Manchester Middle School, Joshua Cintron is teaching seventh-grade social studies; Christopher Dougherty, fifth-grade language arts; Paul McMasters, seventh-grade science; Ashley Nowak, seventh- and eighth-grade special education; and Lori Sewell, fifth-grade science and math. At Manchester High School, Anthony Hite is teaching English; Christine Heatherman, part-time Spanish; and Aaron McVay, art.

“I don’t remember a time when so many teachers were hired,” said Superintendent Sam Reynolds, who thanked the three building principals and Jim Robinson, Ph.D., curriculum director for the district, for taking part in the extensive interview process. “This community’s children will benefit greatly from your experiences ... and this will impact their tomorrows.” 

Reynolds said none of the positions are new.

“They are from retirements or staff accepting jobs out of state. We still run fairly lean,” said Reynolds.

Board President Rick Sponseller added to the new teachers, “More than likely we’ll see most of you 30 years from now. People here have a great passion for kids.”

In another matter, the board approved appropriations of about $13.7 million in the General Fund for fiscal year 2014, which is a 2 percent decrease over all the funds from last year, said Assistant Treasurer Jennifer Rucker. The decrease is because funds from a permanent improvement levy were allocated last year, she said.

In other matters, the board approved three certified salary adjustments for additional training; one certified appointment and four classified appointments; five supplemental appointments; an overnight trip for the high school basketball team Nov. 22 to New Middletown Springfield High School; and the following donations: $300 from FastTrack Pizza for the Manchester Middle School Leadership Program; $303 from McDonald’s to the Middle School pep club; $300 from the Manchester Education Foundation for a classroom projector; and $2,000 from Valerie Slayman in the name of her dog, Stewart, for reading rugs at Nolley. Slayman and Stewart volunteer at the school and students read to Stewart.

The next board meeting is set for Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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