HUDSON — "Right is Right."
This short sentence is emblazoned on a small placard on School Treasurer Kathryn Sines’ desk. It’s a motto she said she lives by.
"If you treat the superintendent right and the custodian right, you know you’ve done the right thing," Sines said. "It’s my mantra."
Sines, who lives in Kent with her husband, is retiring from Hudson City Schools after eight years with the district, and 26 years in the field, including six years with the Cuyahoga Falls City School district.
"I’m ready," Sines said of her coming retirement at the end of July. She indicated a photo on her computer screen saver, taken of a scene on Curaçao, a favorite vacation destination in the Caribbean for Sines and her husband. She said they have a timeshare there.
"We want to go scuba diving," Sines said. "We’ve gone back there for 20 years now. It’s my favorite place to go."
Sines said she also hoped to find more time for art and crafting.
"I owned my own craft store in Warren," she said, referring to Kat’s Krafts, which she operated from 1978 to 1987. "I love painting and art."
Her path to becoming a school treasurer was more indirect. Sines said she went to college in her 30s, "with three kids and single" after a divorce. She attended Kent State University’s Trumbull campus, and earned a bachelor of business administration in human resource management in 1991, and a master’s of business administration two years later.
While at Kent State, she was tutoring a student, Janet Wood, for a statistics class. Wood happened to be the school treasurer for the Bristol Local Schools in Bristolville, which is roughly north of Warren.
"She told me I should be a school treasurer," Sines said, and she laughed. "I didn’t even know what a school treasurer was."
But Sines took Wood’s advice and wound up working with the Bristol school district herself. When Wood went on to become treasurer at another district, Sines became the Bristol Local School district’s next treasurer in 1993. She would remain there until 2005, when she was hired as school treasurer for the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools.
Sines gives out a scholarship through the Kent State Trumbull, the Kathryn Sines Single Parent Scholarship, to students who are single parents.
Her time at Kent State University was notable for another reason as well: That is where Sines met her husband, who retired in August after more than 30 years in Kent State’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering.
"Bob had three kids, and I had three kids when we got married," Sines said. "We are truly the Brady Bunch."
Sines said she and her husband have eight grandchildren. The oldest recently became a captain in the U.S. navy, and the youngest will become a first grader at Ellsworth Hill. So just because she is retiring from her position doesn’t mean she won’t still be seen around the Hudson schools, Sines added.
"I plan to spend time with the grandkids volunteering at the Ellsworth Hill Library," she said. "I’m really glad the grandkids moved here to Hudson; this is a great school system."
Board President Dave Zuro said that Sines "has done an outstanding job in her Treasurer/CFO role with Hudson City Schools."
"Her able leadership of the Treasury office has resulted in numerous awards for financial management and reporting during her tenure," Zuro said. "Her community involvement, including past-president of the Hudson Rotary Club, has done much to promote school district goodwill. She is held in high regard by her colleagues and will be missed by us all. We wish her the very best."
Sines said she felt the district had a great school board "and a great administrative team."
"I feel like I’m part of a team," Sines said. She frequently mentioned how happy she was working with the people in the schools, especially the treasurer’s office.
"I would like to thank my present staff, Elaine Speakman, Lisa Gaietto, Sherry Betro, Susan Ott, Rebekah Riedel and Lyn Schoeman. I appreciate the work they do each and every day. I feel blessed for the friends I have made during my time at Hudson Schools.
"I’m leaving this job very happy. Happy with my area, happy with everything."
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @AprilKHelms_RPC