BARBERTON: With Barberton High School’s graduation around the corner, school board members took time Wednesday night to congratulate students, recognize several retirees and welcome a new basketball coach.
The board approved the graduation of about 250 students from the high school, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at EJ Thomas Hall.
“This is my favorite part of doing this job every year,” board president Joe Stefan said of approving the list of graduating names. “Everything else we do, this is what we do it for.
There will no school for students Friday or Monday, Memorial Day, and the students’ last day will be Tuesday, June 4.
Also at the meeting, Greg Whitmer was welcomed as the new head coach for the Barberton High School girls basketball team Wednesday night as members approved his hiring.
Whitmer began his coaching career in 1978 at Mogadore High School and has since coached at Tallmadge High School, Jackson High School and Twinsburg High School. He also served as the coach for the Tri-County All-star teams.
Whitmer has been a part of nine sectional, four district and two regional championships, and two state final four teams.
“I look forward to get going here and enjoy winning probably as much as you do,” Whitmer said at the meeting. “That’s the goal.”
Also approved was a purchase agreement for $73,000 between the school board and Summa Barberton Citizens Hospital for the remaining lot of what was Oakdale Elementary School, which was demolished in 2006. The property was offered for sale at a public auction.
The next school board meeting will be a 5 p.m. work session on June 12 in the Board Room at the Administration Building.
Board members congratulated and recognized several staff members retiring this year:
Diane Culbertson, teacher, Barberton Elementary School East
Sandra Gotto, Curriculum Office secretary, Administration Building
Barbara Kovach, assistant principal, Barberton Schools
Diane McElwain, teacher, Barberton Middle School
Patricia Meidlinger, teacher/reading specialist, Barberton Schools
Judy Smith, teacher, Barberton Elementary School West
June Stock, bus driver, Barberton Schools
Karen Tanski, intervention specialist, Barberton High School
Sandra Travis, teacher, Barberton Middle School
Bethany Tucker, intervention specialist, Barberton High School
Nancy Wearley, intervention specialist aide, Barberton Middle School
Barbara Yedidsion, teacher, Barberton High School
Elissa Young, director of curriculum, Barberton Schools