Delta Kappa Gamma chapter meets, tours Harrison Hills school
CADIZ — Carolyn Kibble, president, presided when 29 members of the Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Mu Chapter, Jefferson and Carroll counties, met April 17 in the auditorium of Harrison Central Junior-Senior High School in Cadiz.
Members introduced themselves along with Dana Snider, superintendent of Harrison Hills City School District, who conducted a tour of the building for the membership. Linda Rusen, elementary teacher, was welcomed as a guest.
“Wise Words of Encouragement,” by Theodore Roosevelt, Edward Hale and Thomas Carlisle were shared. Kibble also led the club in reading the chapter collect and recognized Barbara Pritts, outgoing president under whose leadership the club recently won the Gold Key Award from the state.
Jan Primack gave an inspirational reading and the blessing for the luncheon.
Committee reports were given by Carolyn Kibble, Ann Wiley, Gina Judy, Mary Barnes, Holly Dodds, Diane McElwain, Rose Seck, Julie Blanton, Nancy Shuster, Jan Primack, Donna Iachini, Darlene Smith and Dani Carroll.
Karen Meyer, Ann Wiley and Linda Holub won drawings for baskets donated by the history and research educational excellence committee, chaired by Rose Seck, and the public relations committee.
Money was collected for Jefferson County foster child backpacks. Darlene Smith, chair of personal growth and services, noted that thank-you notes were received from Golden Age home and the Cancer Dietary Initiative for previous society donations to those organizations.
Julie Blanton, scholarship and world fellowship chair, announced that Alpha Mu’s new teacher classroom grant this year went to Steubenville City Schools teacher Jenna Simon, a kindergarten teacher at McKinley STEM. With the grant Simon has purchased a rocketship tent, water beads, a water mat, magnetic fishing game, book, National Geographic items, a piano mat to explore music, a robot to explore science and geometric building shapes as described in her thank-you note to the society.
Membership and Necrology Chair Donna Iachini also recognized Barb Pritts as outgoing president and presented certificates and candy gifts to members having perfect attendance, including Julie Workman, Ann Wiley, Bernie Francis, Janice Pyle, Jan Primack, Edwina McElwain, Donna McCasland, Carolyn Kibble and Debby Kovalesky. Iachini also had perfect attendance.
Kibble announced that the state honored the memory of the chapter’s three deceased members — Cicely Worthington, Margery Gregg and Georgia Smyth — with booklets of the state necrology service presented to their family members.
Certificates and gifts were presented for five-year increment awards. Gifts included candy and a coaster for cup holders which read “Teaching is my superpower — What’s yours?” Awards went to Debby Kovalesky, five years; Karen Meyer and Connie Sergakis, 10 years; Dani Carroll, 15 years; Judy Serdar, 25 years; and Rose Seck and Judy Weaver, 40 years.
Professional Affairs Chair Diane McElwain recently attended a briefing on the national trends of the effects of the pandemic on schools.
Before the group adjourned for lunch, Snider shared about her background, first in real estate, then in education. Snider, who has served nine years as superintendent, provided statistics about the educational complex which sits in its entirety on 53 acres, complete with all grade levels, including the administrative offices. The $65 million building had a $12 million, 884-seat auditorium incorporated into it at the expense of the district, as 56 percent of the building was paid for by the state of Ohio, which will not fund district offices, auditoriums and at that time, security systems.
There are 144 security cameras that have helped cut school behavioral issues in half, she told the group. Before the influx of the oil and gas industry in the Cadiz area, there was a 72 percent poverty level, which reduced to 48 percent. Snider credited a group of young adults leading the charge to push the levy through to initiate the successful architectural feat, ranked seventh last year in the country in the top 10 school architectural designs nationwide.