Field educators hired in Ravenna

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

Two former Field Local School District educators, including the district's former superintendent, have been hired by the Ravenna School District as assistant high schoool principals.

Beth Coleman and Jon Lane were among 47 new hires announced at Monday's Board of Education meeting. Ravenna found itself with two unit principal vacancies after Terry Miller retired and Michelle Radford took a job with another district.

Beatrice Flarida, director of teaching and learning for elementary grades, said of the district's 364 staff members, 117 are in a different place than they were last year, and 47 of those are brand new, including Coleman and Lane.

Superintendent Dennis Honkala said of the 47 newcomers, 38 are teachers or administrators.

Lee Munoz, director of teaching and learning for grades 6 through 12, said there are nine new staff members at Brown Middle School and 15 newcomers to Ravenna High School.

Coleman, a graduate of Field High School and a resident of the district, resigned under pressure from the Field Board of Education in February. Before becoming superintendent in 2010, she was a middle school principal and assistant superintendent at Field, and also had been a teacher in the Akron Public Schools.

She declined comment.

Lane was a social studies teacher in the district, and also had served as a varsity boys basketball coach and senior class advisor.

"I'm very excited to be coming to Ravenna," Lane said. "I'm looking forward to working with the great people we have here and being part of the great future Ravenna has."

Honkala welcomed the new staff members, many of whom were in attendance at Monday's meeting.

He said the summer has had an "unusual amount of activity" including the renovation of the high school stadium and the closing of Tappan Elementary School. He predicted that today's first day of school will be "organized chaos" because of construction in the southern part of the city. Parents had received a phone call alerting them to how the construction will affect bus routes, he said.

"These are circumstances beyond our control," he said.

He said the first phase of the stadium project is nearing completion despite a delay in shipping parts of the scoreboard, and the opening celebration is still set for Sept. 13 before the first home football game of the season.

The district has raised $731,000 in private donations towards the $1.1 million fund raising goal. The next phase will focus on the high school's softball and baseball fields, and the third phase will return to the stadium for pavers and brick memorials there.

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  • @DoWhatsRight...They need all these union folks so they can spend that levy money they are asking for in November. Besides, It's for the Children!!!

  • Well I can see why there is never enough money for schools.  Why the **** do we need two assistant principals?  Why the **** do we need two directors of teaching and learning, one for grades 6 through 12 and one for elementary grades?

    Why the **** do we need 47 new employees, 38 of which are teachers or administrators? Did ever teacher and administrator quit and had to be replaced?  If no, just how many teachers and administrators do we have?  How much is all of this costing the taxpayer?  I think it is time we revamped our school system before we start getting assistants to assistants to assistants. Maybe we already have them but the taxpayers just don’t know about it.