BELMONT-"Thirteen years seems like such a short time to stay in such a fine place," H. Kirk Glasgow, Union Local superintendent, said as he thanked board members, praised students and sat at the head table for the last time. Glasgow is retiring at the end of the month after 35 years of service.
Board president Terry Puperi read a list of Glasgow's accomplishments including the nature trail, the lawn flag, the Ohio Health Walks, the food bank site and a state Wild School site designation, among others.
"No matter what he did, whether we were on the same side or not, it was always for the good of the district," added board member Ed Stenger. "It was never about Kirk."
H. Kirk Glasgow holds a plaque of appreciation given to him by the Union Local Board of Education. Glasgow is retiring at the end of June after 35 years in education.
The board hosted a pre-meeting reception with cookies and punch and presented Glasgow with gifts and a plaque in appreciation.
Members approved two new administrators for the 2013-14 school year. Garry Young, from the East Knox district, will be taking over the high school principal position. Former principal Joel Davia will remain with Union Local as a high school math teacher.
Dana Kendziorski, from Claymont School in Uhrichsville/Dennison, is the new elementary school principal. Scott Bowling, former principal, is leaving for another district.
The board accepted the resignation of Athletic Director Mark Cisar, but he will remain at Union Local and was also approved for a one-year contract as a high school intervention teacher. His successor is expected to be named by the end of this month.
Other employment contract approvals included: Renee Britton, preschool teacher; Jodi Frye, 7th grade language arts; Dana Gross, speech language pathologist; Gina Willson and Hydee Clouston, extended year intervention teachers; Alison Burga and Nikki Sayre, extended year kindergarten teachers and summer school teachers; Rachel Dorff, first grade teacher; Kyle Tomolonis, high school/elementary school custodian; Chris Bonnett, cafeteria aide.
Several reassignments were approved as well: Drew Greenwood from middle school ED teacher to 8th grade intervention specialist; Joni Davis from elementary school Title I teacher to elementary intervention specialist; Risha Romshak from third grade teacher to second grade teacher; Leslie Stiles from elementary computer teacher to fourth grade teacher; Bethany Moore from fifth grade intervention specialist to second grade intervention specialist; Barbara Hernandez from K-1 intervention specialist to fifth grade intervention specialist; Suz Pubal from fourth grade social studies teacher to elementary computer teacher; Lisa Borkoski from second grade teacher to third grade teacher.
The board voted to abolish the district library aide position which was tabled at last month's meeting for further discussion. Puperi was the only "no" vote. They also abolished the position of middle school para professional SBH aide.
After reviewing projections, numbers and participation figures from Bill West, operations manager, members voted to discontinue the Preferred Meals food service program at the elementary school. Meals will be prepared in-house as at the middle and high schools. Participation was dropping at the elementary school and increasing at the other schools with new menus in place. Smart menu choices that reflect the latest federal meal regulations and more students purchasing those lunches have put the struggling food service program in the black.
Stenger commented, "I want to commend Bill West, Kathy Fowkes and the food service staff for their efforts. They've worked hard to get this up to par. We were just hoping to break even, and now we're doing well."
Workers from Chesapeake Energy donated labor and paint to spruce up the outside of the elementary and high schools. Glasgow said that they contacted the school about doing a community service project in one day. They painted a bus zone area and light poles at the elementary school and painted the handicapped zone along the curb at the high school. The district appreciates their time and efforts.
The board recognized two other donors for work on the nature trail: Larry Conway and John Ramsay, both of Benoc Coal. Conway used his bulldozer to fix the dam at the trail pond, and Ramsay did some welding work on the pond's overflow pipe.
The Union Local Board of Education meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. There will be a special board meeting on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office conference room.
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