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BARBERTON BOARD OF EDUCATION Treasurer’s contract renewed

Gazette Staff Writer

Barberton schools treasurer Craig McKendry stays on the job after the school board renewed his contract July 31 at its regular Board of Education meeting for another three years.

McKendry had been operating under a one-year extension.

“We did that to break apart the treasurer and the superintendent,” board President Tom Harnden said. “We don’t ever want to be in a position where we’re looking for both at the same time.”

The board starts its superintendent hunt soon as incumbent Superintendent Jeffrey Ramnytz is retiring at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.

The board tabled a vote confirming Holly Miller to the Barberton Public Library Board of Trustees. Under the library’s charter, it is subordinate to the Board of Education. No one on the board had anything against Miller, but she is not a resident and there was some question whether that disqualified her.

“We just need some more information,” Harnden said.

The start of the new school year a little over two weeks away, the board took care of a little housekeeping, approving the year’s contracts, including its mental health providers and the student teaching arrangement with the University of Akron.

The board voted to sell an old school bus to Yellow Bus Sales for $1,500.

The board accepted more than $9,000 in private donations, including $8,000 for the boys basketball program from the Barberton VFW.

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