Buckeye schools mark district’s accomplishments

ADENA – Praise for positive results was abundant at Monday’s regular monthly meeting of the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education held at the Adena Community Center.

A special award in recognition of the exceptional quality of the district’s financial management and reporting efforts from the Ohio Senate for “outstanding achievement for a clean financial audit report” was read into the official meeting record.

Buckeye Local School District Treasurer Dana Garrison’s top quality professional efforts put forward on a routine basis also were specifically recognized as having provided the foundation for the praiseworthy accomplishment and the accolade shared by members of the Ohio Senate with the district following routine auditing efforts.

Praise also was shared by board members and Buckeye Local School District’s Superintendent Mark Miller for the quality of the work shown over the course of the individual careers of a number of district’s teachers whose individual retirement requests were accepted at the Monday meeting.

Retirement requests were accepted from Glenda Dulkoski, art teacher; Edward Dulkoski, special education teacher; James Monogioudis, English teacher; Andrea Vittek, kindergarten teacher; Valerie Fellows, home economics teacher; and Patricia Vuchenich, home economics teacher.

All resignations are effective at the end of the school year. Each was praised for their service to the district and its students.

The board also approved the resignation of Administrative Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator Sharon Wallace at the end of the school year and noted she will be returning to the classroom.

When asked if each of the teachers would be being replaced, Miller said he was not yet sure how many of the resulting vacancies would be filled, but the number will be less than the total of openings being created by the retirements.

Praise also was voiced for the ongoing positive results being seen through the popularity of the school food service program launched at the start of this year through a contract with The Nutrition Group.

Celebration themes, special activities and nutritional education practices the students can enjoy outside of the school environment as well continue to bring positive comments and usage numbers to the venture through monthly reports brought to the board by Food Service Director Denise Smith.

One specific measure of success cited in her monthly newsletter report got special attention – actual lunches served year to date totaled 134,479.

“And it doesn’t look like it is going to slow down any time soon,” Smith said.

Items on the school calendar were noted, including, baccalaureate, 6 p.m. May 19 at Meadowbrook Church of God; May board meeting, 6 p.m., May 20, administrative offices, Dillonvale.; senior assembly, 9 a.m., May 23, BLHS; May 29, students’ last day; May 30, teachers’ last day; and June 2, 6 p.m., graduation at the stadium.