October 22, 2014

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Medina Schools to welcome 100 new staff members with high school tour

MEDINA — Medina Schools will welcome the largest group of new staff members the district has had in years.

Close to 100 new staff members will tour the high school following an Aug. 14 breakfast at the senior commons.

“I can’t remember a number that large in my history of leadership here,” Superintendent Dave Knight said.

Jim Shields, the district’s director of human resources, said 32 of the new staff members and about 30 new bus drivers are the direct result of the levy passing last November.

The 5.9-mill levy was the first to bring in new money since 2005. School officials had promised to use the additional revenue to bring back several elementary programs and services that previously were cut in areas like reading, counseling, art, music and gym.

The levy allowed for busing to go back to a one-mile radius from all schools instead of the state’s minimum two miles with no high school busing.

The new bus schedules will be posted on the district’s website Friday as well as printed in the “Bee Informed” newsletter Aug. 16, three days before the first day of school, Aug. 19.

Shields said an additional 20 to 30 new staff members are due to routine turnover resulting from resignations, retirements and promotions.

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.