In honor of Upton

WARREN – The first woman ever to be elected to the Warren Board of Education now has a room in her honor. The conference room in board offices at 105 High St. N.W. was renamed Tuesday the Harriet Taylor Upton Conference Room.

Nine members of the Harriet Taylor Upton Association presented a large plaque with her portrait on it to the Warren school board, to be placed outside the board’s meeting room on the second floor of the administration building.

Cathy Lepro, chairwoman of the committee that selected the site for the plaque, said, ”Many people know of her work with the Suffragist Movement to get women the right to vote, but many didn’t know she was the first woman elected to the Warren Board of Education for 15 years and served as board president for three years.”

Upton was elected to the board in 1898 and served until 1913.

Board President Regina Peterson said it is an honor for the school district to be able to recognize an area resident who did so much for the betterment of others with her contributions for women’s rights.

Superintendent Michael Notar said the plaque will be placed directly outside the door to the conference room.

In other action, the board:

Approved a lease agreement with John F. Kennedy High School for three years from August 2013 to July 2016 for $18,000 for use of Mollenkopf Stadium for the Kennedy varsity football games;

Heard from Notar that Melissa Watson, director of teaching and learning in Warren schools, will represent Warren as a speaker at the 21st annual Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C. Warren is one of 25 schools selected nationwide to be part of the event due to successful strategies in student learning with Watson to discuss educational learning used in Warren schools;

Heard from Board Vice President Robert Faulkner, who will attend the Federal Relations Network conference in Washington to discuss what the government can do to help schools and also about school programs;

Recognized district students and staff for the activities performed to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in December. A district teacher delivered items to the Connecticut school;

Accepted the retirements of special education teacher Susan Davison, elementary teacher Stella Weaver, bus driver Mary Ann Davis and maintenance / grounds worker Craig Toto;

Approved adjustments to the 2013-14 school calendar with the last day of school moved to May 29, 2014.