Fairless Board of Education approves multiple contracts

Fairless Board of Education approves multiple contracts

Fairless Board of Education approved a three-year administrative contract for Daniel Nero, middle school principal, and granted a two-year administrative contract to Natalie Gilkerson, elementary assistant principal, both beginning with the 2024-25 school year during the June 18 board meeting.

Cynthia Class, current middle school principal, resigned, effective July 31, 2025, to accept a position at the Stark County Educational Service Center Administration Family Support. Class will continue to serve at Fairless Local School District for about 40 days during the 2024-25 school year. Nero was serving as elementary assistant principal and has 37 years of experience including five years at Fairless, and Gilkerson was a math coach. She is a Fairless graduate and has taught at Fairless for 24 years.

Nova Day, Sylvia Twaddle and Riley Brothers gave a presentation about adding a speech and debate team to the Fairless extracurriculars. Later in the meeting, the board passed an amendment to the negotiated agreement between the Fairless Educational Association and the district to add an 8% extracurricular stipend for a speech and debate adviser for the 2024-25 school year.

The board also did the following:

—Accepted the resignations of Amy Smith and Diana Miller, parapro aide, both effective May 31; Cynthia Class, middle school principal, effective July 31, 2025; Daniel Nero, assistant elementary principal, effective July 31; and David Quinn, teacher, effective June 17.

—Granted one-year certified teaching contracts to Allison Deewes, third-grade intervention specialist; Ashley Schott, fourth-grade intervention specialist; and Brandon Shook, eighth-grade math.

—Issued one-year classified probationary contracts to Anna Rankl, Michalia Barcus and Jessica Asplin, all 5.5 hours, paraprofessional aides.

—Approved the settlement agreement and release with David Quinn, teacher, which was signed by him on June 17.

—Rescinded the contract of Elizabeth Dotson, cook, effective immediately.

—Adopted a resolution specifying the district’s intent is not to provide career-technical education to students enrolled in the seventh grade or eighth grade.

—Approved the kindergarten to 12th grade student handbook.

—Agreed to participate and authorized the Stark County Schools council to advertise and receive bids for the purchase of a 62, 72 or handicapped passenger integrated school bus.

—Approved one-year supplemental contracts to Danielle Perch, art show adviser, middle school, and head fall drama; Christa Jones, assistant fall drama and language arts department head; Brian Boone, senior class team leader; Janice Messenheimer, yearbook adviser; and Brent Remenaric, Key Club.

—Gave approval to nondistrict employees Dawn Seminatore, tech integration middle school specialist; Darcy Espenschied and Noah Blair, junior high girls basketball; Annabelle Ehmer, fall junior high cheerleading; Molly Kegley, junior high volleyball; and Grace Spencer, junior varsity volleyball.

—Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Stark County Educational Service Center for CARE team and family support specialist program for the 2024-25 school year not to exceed $108,406.

—Approved fiscal year 2025 temporary appropriations of $24 million.

—Entered into a maintenance agreement for water treatment with Gardiner for all three buildings from June 1 to May 31, 2025, at a cost of $2,664.

—Approved a three-year service agreement with Project School Nutrition for membership and menu software not to exceed $8,500.

—Tabled a decision to join the Coalition for Equity and Adequacy.

Other information

The board recognized the OSBA Business Honor Roll: Brewster Moose, Gemma Landscaping, Progressive Autogroup and Ron Marhofer Chevrolet.

A special board meeting was held June 27. The July 16 board meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will be Aug. 15 at 6:15 p.m. at 800 Seventh St. in Brewster.

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