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Anthony Wayne Board Of Education Welcomes New District Staff Members

Joining Anthony Wayne Local Schools this year are (from left) Mike Minotti, Zoe Winkleman, Marissa Rohen, Tori Meyer, Heather Westrick, Karen Fischer and Sara Karim. MIRROR PHOTO BY KAREN GERHARDINGER

BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — Seven new teachers were introduced to the Anthony Wayne Board of Education during its August 9 meeting. • Karen Fischer, who has served as a regular substitute teacher in Anthony Wayne and other districts, was hired as a literature teacher. • Sara Karim will teach literature and journalism at the high school. She previously taught for Horizon Science Academy. • Tori Meyer, junior high art teacher, most recently taught at Springfield High School. • Michael Minotti, from New Haven, Conn., will teach music at the junior high, high school and Fallen Timbers Middle School. • Marissa Rohen, junior high language arts and social studies, recently worked with the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, teaching gifted students at Perrysburg and Imagine Schools. • Molly Ortiz, hired last year as a temporary junior high math teacher, will return this fall after her maternity leave. • Heather Westrick, who was hired temporarily to teach social studies at the high school for the second semester last year, will return as a full-time teacher. She brings 12 years of experience from Tipp City Schools. • Zoe Winkleman, junior high math teacher, previously taught sixth grade at Toledo School for the Arts. Teachers and staff will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18 for a school year kickoff. During the meeting, the board also:  Heard that Marie Walters, a licensed social worker with A Renewed Mind, will join the district. She will provide mental health services in all school buildings, working with students and families.  Approved a tax abatement resolution with Senator International Property LLC, which does business as Allemuir at 4001 Technology Dr. in Monclova Township. The company already has an existing agreement with the schools to make payments in lieu of taxes. The agreement now includes a building expansion.  Learned that the Ohio High School Athletic Association has reported record highs in fall sports participation, including at Anthony Wayne.  Awarded a contract of $162,272 for the purchase of two 2018 Blue Bird 84-passenger buses from Cardinal Bus Sales. Payment will be made from Permanent Improvement Funds.  Approved sixth-grade camps at Camp Michindoh in Hillsdale, Mich., for the weeks of September 25, October 2 and October 9.  Accepted the resignations of Joseph Schmidt, junior high engineer; Jordan LeFevre, junior high teacher; and Daniel Archer, Waterville custodian; and the retirements of Vivian Pfaff, Fallen Timbers special education aide, and Carole Ritenour, high school cook.  Approved the employment of special education aides Kelli Kilpatrick, Jody Gyurasics, Jessica Fink, Nisreen Lama and Tammy Overmeyer.  Approved numerous certified staff, substitutes, volunteers and supplemental contracts.  The next Anthony Wayne Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Administrative Center, 9565 Bucher Rd. in Whitehouse.

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