Newton BOE approves new hires

By Allison C. Gallagher -

PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Local Schools Board of Education took care of some general business at its Wednesday meeting.

Newton K-12 Principal Danielle Davis shared that the start of school went smoothly. The boys golf and soccer teams have been off to a good start, and volleyball at both the high school and junior high school has also been going strong.

Enrollment in the district is 604, which is close to last year’s enrollment.

Superintendent Pat McBride approved personnel hiring for the school year. Kyle Borchers is the new junior high and high school language arts teacher following the resignation of Lori Sexton, who started a new job as the assistant principal at Piqua Junior High School.

Tonya Ray was approved as elementary intervention specialist, while Esther Mwaura, Helen Boothe, Stephanie Koble and Natasha Deeter were approved as substitute cafeteria workers.

Taylor Stevens was hired as 10th grade class adviser and National Honor Society adviser and Ashley Lavy was hired as the senior class adviser.

Sharon Weaver was approved for additional hours than what she was receiving. McBride said Weaver worked a lot of hours to ensure the cafeteria ran smoothly, that all the students were fed and that she went above and beyond in her duties.

The board approved a spring baseball trip to Perfect Game Baseball Complex in Emerson, Ga., and an overnight trip for the cross country team to Tiffin University.

Davis and the board reaffirmed the date of homecoming for Sept. 18. Following last years success with the parade, soccer game and bonfire afterwards, the board and administrators were looking forward to this year’s homecoming. The dance is scheduled for Sept. 19.

By Allison C. Gallagher

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