School board approves 40+ teacher contracts and two resignations

Cary Ashby • Apr 11, 2019 at 9:00 PM

The Norwalk City Schools board of education approved more than 40 teacher contracts during its Tuesday meeting.

The board approved the following contracts, all effective Aug. 20: 20 one-year contracts, 11 for two years, five three-year contracts and six that are continuing and have no expiration date. Also approved was a three-year contract for Maplehurst Elementary Principal Ken Moore that runs from 2019 through 2022.

In other personnel action, the board accepted two resignations: Orchestra teacher Emily Barger (effective Aug. 20) and a disability retirement for League Elementary custodian Gary Peterson (effective April 1) through the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio.

Barger, who is completing her fourth year in the district, is moving back to Pennsylvania to be closer to her family, Superintendent George Fisk told the board.

Peterson had worked at League since 1995. Fisk said the custodian is a hard worker who will be missed and his retirement is a “big loss” to the elementary school. Peterson has five years to return to active employment. 

Also, the board approved Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for two employees. Norwalk Middle School intervention specialist Abigail Magoto is effective beginning April 3. Pleasant Elementary intervention specialist Danielle Harp will have intermittent FMLA beginning April 9.

Early in the meeting, Main Street Intermediate School had a short presentation on the international Skype project by band and music teacher Melissa d’Aliberti, who teaches fifth through 12th grades. Sixth-grade/beginning band students have been doing a real-time Skype sessions with music students in Poland.

Principal Dan Bauman said the Main Street students have been enjoying meeting children from another part of the world.

“The kids really look forward to that,” he added.

In the summer of 2017, d’Aliberti taught music, theater and dance to students ages 10 to 14 in Poland. That’s when she befriended another teacher and the idea for the Skype project started.

Since the closest thing the Polish students have to band is a music history-style class, they have asked the Main Street students about band, d’Aliberti told the board members. The local musicians also performed during one Skype session.

“We are looking forward to more communication with them in the future and expanding to other countries,” d’Aliberti said.

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