2008-07-19 / News

Interest strong in high school principal vacancy

By Charles Prince

The new Edward N. Sands Outdoor Classroom was dedicated Monday night. Letters of appreciation were presented to the Edward Sands Foundation committee, Fairfield County Foundation, AEP-Ohio and to district maintenance personnel for constructing the classroom. Front row, from left to right, Fred May, Kenny Kosch, Bob Hendershot and Troy Donahue. Back row, board member Kevin Byers, Judy Rastatter with the Sands Foundation, board president John Hutton, board member Joe Farmer, board member Art Brate, board member Mike Raver, and Dean Berry with AEPOhio. Courtesy photo. The new Edward N. Sands Outdoor Classroom was dedicated Monday night. Letters of appreciation were presented to the Edward Sands Foundation committee, Fairfield County Foundation, AEP-Ohio and to district maintenance personnel for constructing the classroom. Front row, from left to right, Fred May, Kenny Kosch, Bob Hendershot and Troy Donahue. Back row, board member Kevin Byers, Judy Rastatter with the Sands Foundation, board president John Hutton, board member Joe Farmer, board member Art Brate, board member Mike Raver, and Dean Berry with AEPOhio. Courtesy photo. BALTIMORE - There's plenty of interest in becoming the next Liberty Union-Thurston High School principal.

Superintendent Paul Mathews told The Beacon Monday night that 20 resumes have already been submitted for the vacant post that was just posted late last week. He has begun reference calls and hopes to schedule some interviews soon.

Board members accepted Mark Fullen's resignation as high school principal at a July 9 special meeting. Fullen is leaving to become principal at Newark High School. He spent 10 years at Liberty Union - three as assistant high school principal and seven as high school principal.

The district would like to have a new principal in place for the start of the new school year, Mathews said, but it depends on whether they find the right match. He added that an interim principal is a possibility if they need more time to make the right choice.

Monday night's regular board meeting was held in the district's newest classroom. The Edward N. Sands Outdoor Classroom at the Edward Sands Memorial Land Laboratory was dedicated during the meeting. The classroom is open on three sides with a concrete floor, but is outfitted with ceiling lights and electrical service. Most of the construction work was done by the district maintenance staff. Grants from Edward Sands Foundation, Fairfield County Foundation and AEP-Ohio funded its construction. Mathews presented letters of appreciation from board members to the three foundations and maintenance staff members.

Pastor Michael Donnally of Baltimore's Christ United Methodist Church thanked the district for its assistance during the recent Baltimore Area Youth Workcamp. The youth volunteers stayed and ate at the high school.

"The work was important," Donnally said. "They (Group Workcamps) had never seen a staff so cooperative. Thank you." A thank you plaque from the group was presented to the district.

"The work camp was extremely well organized," Mathews added. "It was a great experience for us."

Board members approved the following personnel actions at the June and July regular meetings and special meetings on July 3 and July 9:

• Approved a one-year leave of absence for Christi Bachman, vocational agriculture teacher;

• Employed Cassandra Yantis for a one-year contract as vocational agriculture teacher;

• Employed Jennifer Lauvray as a 4th grade teacher;

• Employed Kelly Biddle as elementary/middle school art teacher;

• Employed Benjamin Bethel as a middle school teacher;

• Accepted the resignation of Laura Langel, 6th grade teacher; and

• Accepted the resignation of Thad Johnson, assistant high school football coach.

Board members also approved updated policies addressing administering medicines to students, authorization for student possession and use of an asthma inhaler and authorization for student possession and use of an epinephrine auto-injector. A new policy on administering non-prescription medication to students was also approved.

Mathews explained that school nurses will no longer be stocking common non-prescription medicines such as aspirin. Rather, parents/guardians must complete a consent form and provide the medication in its original, fully labeled container from the store or pharmacy. Students are not permitted to deliver the medications to the nurses' office or carry them in backpacks or lunch boxes. A new school bus stop procedures policy was also approved.

Mathews also presented the latest conceptual floor plan for the new middle school. It includes four classroom wings around a central core consisting of a 6,996 sq. ft. gym, a 3,097 sq. ft. media center, a 3,000 sq. ft. cafeteria, a 3,594 sq. ft. administrative area plus a kitchen, vocal and instrumental music rooms and a mechanical area. Teachers and sstaff members have been involved in the design meetings with the architects. The next meeting is set for August 5. Mathews hopes the project can be bid early next year.

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