NEW FRANKLIN  Welcoming new employees and thanking retiring employees for their service to the schools was the theme at the September meeting of the Manchester Local Board of Education.

Retirees recognized for their work with students in the district were Vicky Gessman, Gwendolyn Lenhart, Marilyn Leigh McKinney, Veronica Oravec and Carol Rea.

Gessman, a bus driver for the special needs students, served the district for 18 years. Bus coordinator Gwendolyn Lenart, also served the district for 18 years and Marilyn Leigh McKinney, a Nolley Elementary cafeteria worker and courier, served for 23 years.

Oravec served as the the Nolley librarian for 25 years and assisted with the middle school plays. She said she enjoyed working with students and loved talking to each. Serving as bus driver for 35 years, Rea said she loved her job and helping all the kids.

Superintendent James Robinson thanked all the retirees for their work. Each retiree received a plaque of recognition. Board president Richard Sponseller also thanked the retirees for their contribution to the students.

"Our district is like a family," he said.

The board was introduced to new employees, including Kathy Fulk, who will serve as district food service director. She held the same position at the Southern Local School district and most recently managed 60 employees at the Hartville Kitchen.

Rebecca Varner was introduced as the fifth-grade language arts teacher and Stacey Stassinis was introduced as the third-grade teacher. Jennifer Murray was welcomed as a part-time Spanish teacher at the high school. Robinson explained that Murray will also teach Spanish part-time at Northwest High School. Introduced as the new vocal music and choir director for fifth through 12th grades is Michael Moyseenko. He last served in the same position at the Montpelier School District.

In other personnel action, the following certified employee received salary adjustments for the additional training they completed: Brandy Cash, Joshua Chadima, Justin Elder, Carol Grandjean, Kester Morr, Sheila Sedloch and Erin Spear.

The following certified appointments were approved: Varner, fifth-grade language arts teacher and Stephanie Santoro, high school permanent substitute.

The following classified appointments were approved; Loralee Daily, attendance/athletic secretary; Eric Goodwin, substitute bus driver; Melissa Lee, teacher aide; Marilyn Nestlerode, bus driver; Laura Ouimet, Nolley playground aide; Sarah White, cafeteria substitute.

The following supplemental appointments here approved: Scott Cantrell, high school PAR coach; Melissa D’Aliberti, assistant band director; Jeff France, assistant football coach; Darlene Hogan, middle school PAR coach; Jeff Jenkins, assistant golf coach; Brad Lehoty, assistant girls tennis coach; Stacie Lindeman, MMS newspaper advisor; and Kristin Oakes, Nolley PAR coach.

Each building principal reported on their building attendance for the new school year and improvements such as additional security cameras at the high school; LED lighting at the middle school and new door locks at Nolley Elementary. Manchester Middle School Principal James Miller reported his building has 386 students for the school year. Manchester High School Principal James France reported his building has 451 students and Nolley principal Pappas reported her building has 451 students.

The board approved the permanent appropriations for fiscal year 2018 of $14,281,448.56.

Donations were accepted from the following: March & Karen Burnette, $100 to the Manchester Athletic Department; and the Nolley PTA, $13,727.43, to Nolley Elementary.