Tim Dortch, Donna Crews Retiring From Kent Schools

Accepting retirements among many actions taken Tuesday by Kent Board of Education.

The took the following action Tuesday during its monthly meeting, held at :

Superintendent’s report

  • Participated in a Coffee Talk update on Franklin programs, including presentations from Jennifer Weitzel and her students about dioramas and timelines and Jenna Ward on the fifth graders’ experiences in the AT&T Classroom at .
  • Heard an update on Ohio House Bill 191 legislation, with board members voting to send a letter recommending maintaining local control on school calendars and counting school hours.

General business

  • Recognized the Josephine Woodward Solem Memorial Foundation and trustees Tim and Ruth Trowbridge as "Friends of Kent Schools" for the foundation’s support of a new Apple computer lab at Franklin.
  • Authorized the Summer School and Extended School Year programs.
  • Adopted NEOLA policies.
  • Approved purchase of an acoustical shell for the Roosevelt auditorium.
  • Approved an agreement for cellular service.
  • Approved a resolution to advertise for bids for capital improvement projects.
  • Approved tuition rates for half-day preschool and all-day kindergarten.
  • Approved a contract for GAAP conversion services.
  • Approved an overnight field trip for cosmetology students to Columbus for state board exams; a baseball team trip to a tournament in Dayton; a trip by German students to New York City with exchange students and a summer trip by German students to Germany.

Personnel issues

  • Accepted the retirements of Director of Special Services Tim Dortch, Roosevelt teacher Donna Crews and bus driver Ralph Doherty.
  • Approved the appointment of a list of aides, classified, supplementals and substitute teachers.


  • Approved donations totaling $7,931.50, including a number of donations for the library.


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