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Board approves hiring of Middle School assistant principal, district food supervisor

By George W. Davis correspondent

GREEN – A new Middle School assistant principal and a food service supervisor, a position unfilled for four years, were officially hired Monday night although both have been on their jobs prior to opening day.


The Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of six-year Green resident and now assistant principal Thomas O’Neil, who began his duties Aug. 12, while Amie (cq) Payne began as the district’s food service supervisor Aug. 19, just a week before classes resumed this past Monday.


The board also approved revisions to the food position, which had been abolished in 2009 to save badly needed funds while two other staffers covered the supervisor’s duties.


Both were given two-year contracts with O’Neil’s annual salary set at $63,600 and Payne’s at $40,000.


O’Neil, the father of four Green students, graduated from North High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Akron and then fulfilled a childhood dream of teaching and coaching football and track at North for 15 years. He then taught at the Akron Early College at the University of Akron before coming to Green in his first administrative position.


“The warmth I feel here you don’t feel in a big district,” O’Neil told the board and audience.


Payne is new to the Green district. She was a former general manager at two Boston Markets in the Akron area, according to district Operations Director Wendall Jackson.


Elementary teacher and reading specialist Barbara Daisher, who retired effective in June after 371/2 years as an educator, all at Green, was saluted by board President Steven Foster.


The board accepted a $15,000 GAR grant for the Intermediate School’s Learning to Lead program for the third consecutive year under the leadership of Principal Mark Booth.


Also accepted were a $600 corporate sponsorship from Summa Health for the Bulldog Bash and $500 from Sheetz for a desktop computer for a teacher classroom at the Green Primary School.


The board approved:

*A $1,357 contract with the Ohio Schools Council for participation in the cooperative purchasing program, which saves the district several thousand dollars annually, according to Treasurer Eydie Snowberger.


*A contract with Parkway Enterprises for services at Chapel Hill Christian private schools. Green Schools receives payments from the Ohio Department of Education Auxiliary Funds and earns 4 percent for processing the paperwork.


*Contracts with the Summit County Educational Service Center and Children’s Home Care Group for admission of a Green student in the Kids First program and nursing services for another student, respectively.


*An understanding with the University of Akron for the dual enroll program in which Green students take college courses, with credits applied to both high school and college requirements.