TWINSBURG — The Twinsburg Board of Education selected its president and vice president for 2020, and welcomed a new school board member and a returning board member last week.
Incumbent Board member Mark Curtis and new Board member Adrienne Gordon were sworn in to their seats, Curtis for his second term, on Jan. 8.
The school board also unanimously appointed Curtis as board president for 2020, the second term he has served in that capacity. Tina Davis was reappointed as vice president, a position she also had last year.
"I'm honored and just appreciative that the voters brought me back for another term," Curtis said. "I look forward to serving as president in my second term."
Gordon, who has lived in Twinsburg for about 17 years, said she was "happy for the opportunity to serve the city I live in."
"I'm passionate about education," Gordon said. "I've been thinking of doing this for years."
Davis said she looked forward to working with the other school board members "to move the schools forward."
"I think we will be a good team," Davis said. She added that she thanked outgoing board member Matt Cellura for his service, and welcomed Gordon to the board.
The board president and vice president serve for one year terms.
Designs sought for proposed memorial garden
The Twinsburg City School District, in collaboration with members of the community including Joe Gregorino and Alisha Jones, have established the Twinsburg City School District Memorial Committee.
"We have some different memorials around the school district but we are looking to do one," Davis said.
The mission of the Memorial Committee is to create a Memorial Garden to honor individuals who have passed away during their time as students or staff members of the district. Memorials from each of the district’s schools will be honored within this special space. The anticipated location for the Memorial Garden Project is on the front grounds at George G. Dodge Intermediate School, Davis said.
Twinsburg City School District staff members and TCSD students in grades six through 12 are invited to share their artistic talents with the community through a submission of a sculpture design plan and sketch. The Twinsburg City School District Memorial Committee and the District’s Visual Arts staff will accept sculpture design submissions until Jan. 24.
Interested persons may obtain a copy of the sketch design requirements in the main office at George G. Dodge Intermediate School, RB Chamberlin Middle School or Twinsburg High School or by contacting Emily Yambor at email@example.com. Submissions should be forwarded to Yambor at George G. Dodge Intermediate School or to any member of the Visual Arts teaching staff by Jan. 24.
Roof study results
Business manager Chad Welker said the district recently received the results of a thermographic roof study done of each of the district's buildings. Welker said the study helps the district spot where problem areas are and what needs attention, adding that the cost could total about $10 million.
The study was done with helicopters with thermoimaging technology flying over the district's five schools and its administrative building.
The district's administrative offices had no issues with the roof, which was done in 2016, Welker said. Most of the school buildings only had a handful of small problem areas. The school with the most issues was the high school; Welker said that while most people thought of this as a fairly new building, it was about 20 years old and getting to the point where issues with the roof's maintenance would come up.
Welker said he would like to see the district address the issues with the high school's roof this coming summer. He estimated repairs would be about $330,000; the district still needs to receive bids on the work, Welker added. This should happen in the near future.
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