Ravenna board fills three vacant posts

By Micah Panczyk Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Carol Girton, a former music teacher in Trumbull County, and Wayne Ruman, a former band director with Akron schools, will replace Arden Sommers and Rosalice Manlove, assistant principals who recently left for posts with the Kent and Garfield districts. James Turner, who had served as a school administrator in Mahoning County, will oversee fifth and sixth grade education at Rausch center.

For the last three years, Girton taught grades five through 12 in the Liberty school district. She had also taught music in Warren City schools for 18 years.

" I'm very excited to get started," Girton said. "I have heard excellent things about the Ravenna staff and administration. It will be an interesting challenge for me to become an administrator after teaching for the last 21 years."

Ruman directed the Buchtel High School Band for five years, prior to which he directed for one year at Kenmore High School, also in Akron. He had also served as a music teacher.

"Naturally, I'm excited to begin my career as an administrator," Ruman said. "Block scheduling has already been implemented in the Akron schools, so I hope I can bring my experience with this arrangement to benefit Ravenna's transition to it."

Turner had served as an elementary school principal for West Branch schools for the past two years, prior to which he had been a principal at Marlington Middle School in Stark County.

"This is a great opportunity," Turner said. "We (staff members at the Rausch) are all going to be joining Rausch for the first-time, so we will have the challenge to work together as a unit to provide the best possible opportunity for students there."

"Though we are sorry to see our other administrators leave, we are confident that these new administrators will make positive contributions to the district and we welcome them aboard," said Superintendent Phil Warner.

"We have a lot of good people coming into the district to join a lot of good people already here," said Mark Hairston, board president. "I'm looking forward to this year and to keeping the ball rolling."

Salaries for these administrators have not yet been calculated, said Treasurer Joe Funai. Four factors enter into the equation to determine salaries: Position within the district, length of previous service as an administrator, academic degree held and the number of days one is contracted to work per year.

In other business, the board approved three-year contracts for employees represented by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees No. 338. These employees _ all non-teaching staff excepting bus drivers _ will receive annual wage increases of 2.5, 3.3 and 3.86 percent, Warner said. Base wages for these employees ranges from $8.07 per hour to $14.11 per hour, according to Funai.

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