Manchester School Board updated on the start of year

A new school year is well underway in the Manchester School district.

During the Sept. 18 meeting, the Board of Education heard an update from each building principal about the start of the year.

Nolley Elementary School Principal Christi Pappas said her building has about 30 new students. In all, she said the building has 476 students and no new teachers this year.

Manchester Middle School Principal James Miller said his building has 405 students. The building has one new teacher, Tim Paul, who will also be the eighth grade boys basketball coach.

Manchester High School Principal James France said the high school has 441 students. He said the school has 24 full-time students who attend the Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) and 26 part-time PLCC students. The high school has a new tutor, Leslie Upp.

Each building principal thanked the district’s custodial staff for all their hard work over the summer. Superintendent James Robinson said while the buildings are old, the students respect them and keep them looking good.

He also said he is very pleased with how the Chromebooks given to all high school students has gone.

In other business Sept. 18, the board:

– Approved the Permanent Appropriations for fiscal year 2019. These appropriations will be sent to the Summit County Fiscal Officer.

– Approved a salary adjustment for Jennifer Mothersbaugh for additional training. The board also approved several certified appointments, classified appointments, supplemental appointments and one certified resignation.

– Approved five donations to the school district.

– Recognized Darlene Hogan, who served as a teacher in the district for 23 years. Robinson said she was very active at the middle school in the English and math departments. He also said she was involved in many different activities over the course of her time including yearbook, the school newspaper, student council and being a building professional mentor, just to name a few. Robinson, who served as her principal for a period of time, said she was always helping students during lunch and after school. Board President Richard Sponseller said Hogan always had a smile on her face and was a real inspiration. Board member Cindy McDonald said Hogan was always kid focused and congratulated her on her time as an educator. Miller said it hasn’t been the same in the building without her and he said she was always a friend he could go to talk to about anything. Hogan said she met many wonderful people during her career and learned a lot from them.

The next Manchester Schools board meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.

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