MONROEVILLE — The Monroeville Board of Education voted without discussion Monday to accept Superintendent Carol Girton's resignation, effective July 31. Board member Robin Reed was out of town on business.
Girton is leaving Monroeville to become the superintendent of New London Local Schools. There will be a vacancy in that district after current superintendent Jim Eibel leaves to become an elementary school principal in Oberlin.
Girton's last day in Monroeville will be July 31, and her first day in New London will be Aug. 1. She received a three-year contract and a starting salary of $85,000.
Board president Sandy Lonz said "It would be wonderful to have a new superintendent in place by Aug. 1."
In other business Monday, science teacher and junior high team leader Randy Hord told the board a group called Students Together Achieving Responsibility and Success (STARS) is in its infancy.
The group currently consists of more than 100 seventh- and eighth-graders committed to helping other students through efforts such as peer tutoring. The youngsters also will be performing service projects. On Saturday, about 45 of the students will landscape the front of the school from one end to the other in preparation for graduation.
Hord said he wants the students to perform service projects outside the school as well. The kids, for example, might be able to help senior citizens in the community with their everyday needs.
"The whole idea of it is to get the kids more involved in our community," Hord said.
The students have been meeting with Hord during school, and he likes the progress the group is making.
"We just have idea after idea," Hord said.
Meanwhile, Spanish teacher Ana Reed asked for and received the board's permission to take her students to Mexico in June 2009. Reed said 13 students currently are interested in the nine-day trip, which will take them to Mexico City and some other cities, excluding Cancun.
Reed said Spanish club members have been sponsoring and writing to a Mexican boy, and they hope to meet him during their trip.
Reed said students might have preconceived notions about Mexico.
"I want to give them the opportunity to really know what Mexico is," she said.
Junior High/High School Principal David Stubblebine said the tour group is reputable; it's the same one that has taken Monroeville's French club to France and junior high students to Washington D.C.
In other business:
Stubblebine announced commencement for seniors will take place at 2 p.m. June 8.
The board discussed the possibility of hiring an elementary guidance counselor. Lonz said with a number of special needs students in the school, such a person might prove beneficial. Principal Bob Bulter said a guidance counselor might be someone students could talk to about their concerns outside of school. He said while he's available to students, they might hesitate to confide in him because of his position.
The board approved Zac Reer as permanent substitute teacher and head boys basketball coach. The board also approved Ty Reer as freshman boys basketball coach.
The board approved Jennifer Lonz for a two-year teaching contract and a one-year contract for flag corps advisor and production assistant
The board approved Eric Rogers as substitute teacher and Pam Smith as grounds maintenance.