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The Suburbanite
  • Manchester board recognizes two retirees, long-time volunteer

  • The Manchester board of education recognized a distinguished volunteer and two retiring employees at its June 19 meeting.

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  • The Manchester board of education recognized a distinguished volunteer and two retiring employees at its June 19 meeting.
    Tracey Bower has volunteered at Manchester Middle School for over six years and has been vital to the school's popular theatre productions. Manchester Superintendent Samuel Reynolds praised Bower for her hard work and creativity - the productions take place in the school gym, but “it's like we're in those places,” he said.
    “Lifelong memories are created for the adults and for the children in those costumes,” Reynolds said.
    Bower thanked the board for their recognition and acknowledged her family and others who helped make the productions possible.
    “I get just as much out of it as everybody else,” Bower said. “It isn't just me and my family, it is many names.”
    Reynolds awarded Bower a bell, symbolic of Manchester's thanks for her service.
    Cathy Peck, a bus driver for Manchester, retired after 34 years with the school system. Peck is looking forward to spending time with her husband, who has been retired for three years, and travelling to Chicago this fall to watch her grandson play football.
    “This has fulfilled my life,” Peck said. “I've loved it. I've loved the people and I've loved the kids.”
    Peck has already expressed interest in subbing in the special needs classes during her retirement.
    Board President Richard Sponseller complimented Peck for her character and willingness to work with students throughout her career and onward.
    “Not everyone can be a bus driver, it takes a special person,” Sponseller said. “It takes a leader.”
    The board also recognized David Whitmire, a Manchester Middle School physical education teacher, for his retirement after 35 years. Whitmore coached freshman football and cross country, and spent 23 years as a middle school wrestling coach.
    Like Peck, Whitmore stood out as a leader in the school district.
    “David was a leader in the schools, and taught leadership in the schools,” Reynolds said.
    OTHER ACTIONS
    The board accepted the following donations: $1,500 from the Smith family for the B.J. Smith Scholarship, $200 from the Manchester Middle School PTA for the Carl Arnold Scholarship, $25 from the Manchester High School PTA for the Robert Hauenstein Scholarship and $500 from State Farm Insurance for an Intramural Fund.
    The board approved bid solicitation for a 2013 traditional school bus with a diesel engine. Traditional buses can hold approximately 77 passengers.
    The board approved temporary appropriations for the 2013 fiscal year.
    The board approved the 2012-13 milk bid from Reiter Dairy and bread bid from Nickles Bakery.
    The Manchester Football Camp was approved and added to the list sports camps.
    The board approved the renewal of Snyder Agency's student accident insurance.
    Page 2 of 2 - The board approved the insurance and sale of tax anticipation notes, series 2012, in an aggregate principle amount not to exceed $520,000. The money will be used to repair the roofs of the schools and the administration building.
    The board approved the insurance and sale of school improvement bonds, series 2012, in an aggregate principle amount not to exceed $180,000. The improvement bonds will cover the remaining cost of the roof repairs and, if possible, include improving the middle school gym and finishing security updates.
    NEXT MEETING
    The Manchester Board of Education held a short meeting at 7 a.m. June 29 to conclude any necessary business for this past fiscal year.
    The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.  on July 24. The July meeting will be held at the Administration Building at 6075 Manchester Road in Akron.

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