WARREN - Nine alumni and two faculty members will be inducted into the Warren Schools' Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame this year.
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the board of directors announced the 2014 roll of distinguished alumni.
l James W. Bane, Warren G. Harding 1961, professor of Music, Baldwin-Wallace University;
l Capt. Arthur McGill Brown, Western Reserve 1973, staff chaplain, National Security Agency;
l Robert A. Fiorino, Western Reserve 1971, CFO, Covelli Enterprises Inc.;
l Dr. James R. Garstick, Harding 1945, optometrist and philanthropist;
l Sean Jones, Harding 1996, director, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra;
l the late Todd T. Herron, Western Reserve 1981, owner, Herron Funeral Home;
l Scott M. Pappada, Harding 2001, co-founder, Analytical Diabetic Systems LLC;
l the late Dr. M. Bridget Wagner, Harding 1981, international medical missionary;
l John A. Yurtin, Harding 1965, global product manager, Delphi.
The distinguished faculty inductees include Elaine Smith-Finegold, English teacher for Warren G. Harding High School; and Phil Annarella, social studies teacher and former Harding football coach who now coaches at Austintown Fitch.
The honorees will be inducted at the 21st awards banquet held in the spring. The first Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1993, according to the school district website.
The board also expressed its condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of Rosselle Burch, a justice liaison / school security officer for Harding High School who passed away recently. Burch had worked in the district for more than 14 years.
In other action, the board:
l Approved an agreement with Western Reserve Protective Services Inc. to provide security guards for school buildings in the amount of $13 per hour per security officer;
l Certified three employees for Ohio Teachers Evaluation System;
l Approved field trips for Robotics FIRST Team participants to Hulbert Arena, Terre Haute, Ind., from March 6 to 8; to US Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, Wis., from March 19 to 22; and to California University of Pittsburgh from March 27 to 29 for competitions;
l Adopted 67 policies to become part of the official Bylaws and Policies of the BOE;
l Accepted the following donations: $350 in cookies from AVI Food Systems; $400 in clothing and school supplies from Champion Presbyterian Church Bread of Life; $120 in wreaths and decorations, $120 in holiday cookie trays, $560 in winter hats and gloves and $600 in turkeys from Christ Episcopal Church; $100 in turkeys and $200 in school supplies and clothing from The 5th Wheel; $75 in school supplies from Hands On Volunteer Network; and $100 from the Packard Band Foundation;
l Notified 19 employees of the upcoming expiration of their contract;
l Approved tuition reimbursement for eight employees for a total of $1,728;
l Accepted the retirements of special education teachers Mary Susan Holbrook and Marie Jones;
l Assigned eight teachers and one speech language pathologist;
l Granted leaves of absence for nine employees;
l Approved supplemental contracts for 32 employees;
l Approved six substitutes and one Ski Club assistant;
l Accepted the retirements of an educational assistant, food service cook and a janitor;
l Hired a bus driver and two educational assistants;
l Changed two employee classifications;
l Assigned five substitutes;
l Approved supplemental contracts for a school liaison and a football conditioning coordinator;
l Approved 35 student and six adult game workers for high school sports;
l Rescinded a resolution regarding a board compensation increase which was approved at the Jan. 6 board organizational meeting;
l Expressed its opposition to HB 264 Diabetes legislation whereas districts would be mandated to monitor and medicate all diabetic students in their care during the school day and beyond as well as provide trained staff, with or without volunteers.