Newton Falls board hires new principal

NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls Board of Education approved the hiring of multiple staff members at its meeting Aug. 15, including elementary / middle school principal Lori Witt.

School begins today, and Witt said it “was an honor and privilege” to work for the district.

Superintendent Paul Woodard said the board needs to start a levy campaign to drum up support for two levies being sought on the Nov. 5 ballot. If passed, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $157.50 for the five-year emergency levy that is expected to raise $550,000 per year for day-to-day operations. The 1.9-mill, continuing permanent improvement levy is expected to cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $66.50 per year and will raise approximately $231,676 annually, Newton Falls treasurer Julie Sloan said previously.

“It’s important to provide informational flyers regarding passing levies,” Woodard said.

He suggested that establishing meetings at the football games might be a good idea.

“We need to start adding things, instead of subtracting them,” Woodard said.

In other matters, the board:

• Approved the retirement of Deborah Poppke, who served as the junior / senior high school intervention specialist. Poppke’s retirement was effective Aug. 9. They also approved severance pay for her;

• Hired Jenna Dray as guidance counselor at the junior / senior high school;

• Hired Karie Brown and June Fisher as a guidance counselors at the elementary / middle school;

• Hired Deborah Gordon and Allissa Grimaldi as intervention specialists;

• Approved a supplemental contract for teacher Amy Evans as the student council adviser;

• Moved Frank Tatarka from custodian to facilities maintenance;

• Moved Roy Pierson from day custodian to night custodian;

• Recalled Joellen Seidner as full-time custodian at the elementary school;

• Recalled Norma Webb and Rhenea Shablesky to cafeteria positions.