Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff
Saturday, 20 April 2013 08:30
The Bowling Green Board of Education on Tuesday accepted seven more retirement requests, bringing the number for teachers and staff leaving this year to 19.
Retirement requests came this month from Karen Riley, special needs teacher at Conneaut Elementary; Nancy Seeburger, first-grade teacher at Conneaut; Debra Hoover, fourth-grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary; Karen Smith, band director at the high school; Martha McKenzie, reading teacher at Conneaut; Ronald Nickey, business education/social studies teacher at the high school; and Rochana Junkasem, art teacher at the middle school.
All are effective May 31 except Smith's, which is effective July 1.
For every retirement, "we are looking very, very closely at that position to see if it's critical we fill it," said Superintendent Ann McVey at the meeting.
McVey said later most of the positions will be filled but that the district will wait for student enrollment numbers to decide for sure.
The board did hire two elementary intervention specialists for the 2013-14 school year: Courtney Eckel and Karen Glenn.
In other personnel action, continuing contracts were given to James Amspoker, Daniel Black, Kristen Carpenter, Lindsay Cribbs, Daniel DeWitt, Stacey Donley, Paula Downie, Ashlee Gray, Melissa Hemminger, Adam Landry, Nicholas Latta, Emily Mennitt, Jana Metzger, Robert Morgan, Douglas Niekamp, Eric Radabaugh, Jodi Zeigler and Emily Kenney.
The board also accepted the donation of 29 books from Jeanine Alberti in honor of her retirement and from Kathy East, formerly of the Wood County District Public Library; and a $1,125 donation to the drama club for the International Thespians Festival in June.
At the start of the meeting, three students in Laura Weaver's PACE class (Providing Acceleration, Creativity and Enrichment) gave presentations on their independent study.
Bob Walker, a fifth-grader at Conneaut, talked about "Hershey's" chocolate company, and had board members try some chocolate covered treats.
"The perfect combo," said member Steve Cernkovich about the chocolate-covered bacon.
Gabe Mott, third-grader at Conneaut, talked on "Volleyball" and questioned the board on volleyball statistics and history.
Leanne Hershberger, fourth-grader at Kenwood, instructed the board on the history of "Ancient Egypt," including lessons on hieroglyphics, pyramids and mummies.
The class is for students identified as gifted in superior cognitive thinking.
"I love your enthusiasm and creativity," said McVey after the presentations.
To Weaver, she added, "You have certainly brought the independent studies (program) into the 21st century."