2013-06-29 / News

Lakewood filling staff vacancies

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON – Lakewood students are on summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean the school buildings are quiet.

“People would be amazed at what the middle school looks like,” Director of Pupil Services Arnie Ettenhofer reported at the June 12 Lakewood School Board meeting. “It looks like total chaos.” Ettenhofer said cleaning crews are scouring the schools for the upcoming school year, and they’re doing a very thorough job.

“Our staff does it,” said Ettenhofer. “We have a summer cleaning crew made up of the day time custodians and a few of the night staff. They do it all.” He said it takes them roughly six weeks to complete all the buildings. Ettenhofer said the district also hires four or five teachers for summer work. They do most of the mowing and paint classrooms and other areas in the district.

Board members approved five voluntary teacher transfers at their June 12 meeting. They are:

• Misty Dutiel from 1st grade to 2nd grade ;

• Jarrod Maybury from 6th grade Social Studies to Physical Education grades 6-7-8;

• Cathy Steorts from Title I Math to Fifth grade;

• Zacharey Brenning from 6th grade Language Arts to 6th grade Social Studies; and

• Crystal Brunaugh from 4th grade to JIS Title teacher.

Three resignations were also approved:

• Steven M. Shroyer – Health/ Sports Medicine at LHS and LMS;

• Seth Martin as W.A.V.E. teacher; and

• Joseph W. Bills as a high school English teacher.

Five new teachers were hired:

• Tanya Wilson and Alexis Carder as high school Spanish teachers;

• Radka Meyer as a Hebron kindergarten teacher; and

• Shawn Nelson and Erika Wenger as a 2nd grade teachers at Hebron.

Superintendent Jay Gault said Lakewood High School’s front parking lot will be closed to traffic July 8 though Aug. 1 for repaving. “That area is going to be off limits,” he said.

Gault said Monday that three of the district’s remaining five vacancies this summer were filled during a June 20 special meeting. He said the board hired Drew Meister as W.A.V.E. teacher, Amy Gill as a middle school health teacher, and Melanie Lanning as a sixth grade language arts teacher. Meister also received a supplemental contract as the boys varsity head basketball coach.

Gault said the district is inter viewing for a middle school industrial technologies teacher and a high school English teacher. He expects to have recommendations to the board for those positions by the board’s July meeting.

In other district news:

Gault said the solar project is still on schedule and he expects that the high school will have solar power by the beginning of the upcoming school year. “We’re just waiting on the permits,” he said. However, the large solar array project to be constructed behind Jackson Intermediate may be ready shortly thereafter.

The projected savings from the solar power contract with Solar Advocate Development 20, LLC is to fund the replacement of the middle school windows. That work is to begin August 5, Gault said. The project won’t be finished before students return for the new school year, but Gault believes the remaining work won’t be too disruptive for students.

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