Interim Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Will Folger used the end of Tuesday's board meeting to thank the district for letting him feel like part of the family.
"I really enjoyed my time in Norwalk," he said with a smile and slight catch in his voice.
The small crowd applauded to show its appreciation for the Huron resident whose contract expires July 1. George Fisk, most recently the superintendent of East Palestine City Schools, starts Aug. 1 on a five-year contract.
Board president John Lendrum told Folger he came into a possibly difficult situation and made the most of it. Lendrum complimented him for handing his job with grace and dignity and on behalf of the other board members, thanked Folger for his service.
In personnel matters, the board hired multiple teachers on one-year contracts and 35 para-professionals/educational assistants. Also hired on one-year contracts were: Mollie Wetherill, as the coordinator of the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center; Katy Laser, as the substitute coordinator for Ernsthausen; and Norwalk Middle School building secretary Jackie Kelley.
The new teachers and educators whose contracts were approved Tuesday are: Jordan Frado, of Willard (Maplehurst Elementary special education teacher); Ratiba Kassabri (school psychologist); Lauren Manuella, of Athens, Ohio (speech language pathologist); Luke McCoy, of Milan (Main Street School sixth-grade language arts teacher); Michelle Sandor, of Norwalk (school guidance counselor); Ronda Schmenk, of Sandusky (elementary music teacher); and Carissa LaRoche as an intervention specialist. LaRoche earlier was part-time and now has a full-time position.
Also, the board approved one-year contracts for the following teachers who will return on the retiree-retirement incentive: Laurie Haughawout as the elementary physical education teacher and Mark Sindlinger and Stephanie Zigo as intervention specialists. Folger referred to their new contracts as "a victory lap."
In other action, the board approved a $250 donation to Teen Leadership Corps from Catering by Design and a $100 anonymous donation for the athletic department.