It was a time of both hellos and goodbyes at the May regular meeting of the Millcreek-West Unity Board of Education.
The Hilltop School Board accepted the retirements of four staff members during the public session. Cafeteria workers Wendy Borton and Janet Turner both saw the approval of their final days within the school’s employ. Turner’s retirement will take affect on June , while Borton had her resignation approved for May 29, with her official retirement date set for October 1.
June 1 will also serve as Melony Mercer’s last day with the school. The sixth grade instructor of Language Arts and Mathematics will leave Hilltop after more than thirty-one years with the district. With sixteen years under her belt at Hilltop, Kindergarten Instructor Deb Nixon will also be calling it a career in the very near future. Her letter of resignation submitted on May 19, Nixon is awaiting her official retirement date of July 1.
Given the large amount of staff ending their teaching careers at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year, including but not limited to the previously mentioned names, the board has already begun to find replacements to fill the void created by the absence of those former staff members.
Taking over Agricultural Education will be Katie J. Frey. Hired to educate students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade in Vocal Music was Lena S. Miller. Laurie A. Worline has been selected to serve as the new Elementary Principal, as she was awarded a three year contract for the position.
Other employments, not related to the newly opened positions, were also approved by the board. Shannon Swartz was chosen as the Saturday School Supervisor for the 2015-16 school year. Hired as a substitute teacher was Marl Nafiger. Taking on the role of Junior High Summer School Intervention will be Mike Bumb. Only working for thirty-two hours, Bumb stands to make $25 an hour for the position.
Speaking as a guest, Jennifer Westrick, a student at Hilltop, was recognized by the board. Westrick earned first place at the SQL Database Fundamentals National Compeitition. She gave the board members a summarized version of her presentation.
A donation toward the Ron and Larry Dean Scholarship was met with board approval. The gift was a $2,000 award.
Agreements in place with six colleges were approved for the district’s College Credit Plus program. Hilltop students will now be able to take classes offered by Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, the University of Findlay, Wright State University, and Northwest State Community College for college credit.
District employees Bumb and Samuel Boehnlein were awarded reimbursement for graduate study courses they will be taking over the Summer. Bumb has enrolled in the class Professional Development of Administrators, which he will take at Ashland University for three semester hours of credit. Boehnlein has signed up for three classes from the University of Findlay; Being an Educational Leader, Collaboration: Education and Community, and Research for the Educational Leader. His coursework will amount to nine semester hours of credit.
The board concluded the meeting by entering into Executive Session to discuss personnel. No action was taken.
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