Cleveland Board of Education members welcomed new teachers to the school system at Thursday night’s formal session with hand shakes and much applause.
“As a retired teacher, I think one of the highlights is welcoming new teachers who are coming in where we retired people have left off,” said Tom Cloud, chairman of the board. “They are so energetic and technologically oriented ... They come in so fresh and up-to-date.”
“It is just encouraging to see a new wave of educators coming in,” he added.
New teachers at the city schools include: Jeanette Greg, Tracy Lenz, Ashley McAlister, Kathy McCraw, Elianni Smith, Shasta Adams, Elisabeth Botta, Yolanda Edwards, Margaret Moore, Mary Ann Poplin, Anita Renshaw, Andrea Burns, Caleb Hindman, Natalie Killian, Brian Ball, Kelly Hampton, Kerry O’Connor, Robert Pritchard, Emily Raper, Eric Stiles, and Miranda Whittington.
Additional new teachers are: Sarah Brown, Colin Campbell, Ronald Crawford, Brian DeLoach, Alex Denton, Melissa Johnson, Quay Morgan, Kim Noelle, Erika Ray, Adam Renshaw, J. P. Westfield, James Baird, Amora Guy, Shirleen Lombard, Amanda Matson, McKenzie Riden, Angeleela Varner, Jesse Wood, Kristin Morgan, Dana Storey, Caitlyn Fuller, Molly Jackson, Ashley Painter, Bailey Rogers, Anthony Burgess, and Danielle Reeves.
Principal Dee Dee Finison of Mayfield Elementary recognized her employees of the month. JoAnn Case and Michelle DeFoy both received high praise from Finison.
In other news, Brian Templeton, contracted architect, said the Betsy Vines Theater should be completely finished by early October.
“They have made significant amount of progress over the last two weeks,” Templeton said. “They realized there was a lot to be done before the seats are installed on Sept. 17. There is still a lot of work to be done, but I believe it is achievable. They believe the work can be finished by Oct. 5.”
The contractors and Templeton have set Oct. 11 as a tentative date to test the various systems like lighting and sound.
“As far as all the other parts, I think they have everything in order. All the materials should be there ... If everything is finished according to plan then I believe they can be done by Oct. 7 which is the substantial deadline,” Templeton said.
Discussion of the budget and school capacity was followed by a school nutrition changes and procedures update by Susan Perrin, nutrition supervisor for the city school system.
“The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act signed into law December 2010, has initiated the most significant changes to USCA National School Meal Program in the last 15 years ... The legislation went into effect in January 2012, and many of the changes were expected to be put into effect as of July 1, 2012,” Perrin said.
According to Perrin, the last couple of months have been dedicated to learning a new system and providing the best possible options for the students. Parents, students, and school administrators have voiced their concerns and complaints during this time.
Perrin said the changes are under the system that allows students to receive free and reduced meals. To meet the standards, a number of meals have been altered. Students have complained there is not enough food, especially students who may not be receiving dinner at home, she said.
“That is something that grieves the heart of every cafeteria employee across this nation,” Perrin said.
To make the change easier, Perrin has tried to make concessions like Tater Tot Tuesday and Curly Fry Friday. She does not know how the changes will affect compliance with the new standards.