Quinn returns to school board

By on August 22, 2018

The Warwick School Board had a choice of three qualified candidates to fill the vacancy left when Ben Sahd resigned in July.

At the Aug. 21 meeting of the Warwick School Board, the candidates were educator and child advocate Laura Gibble, attorney Edward Browne, and physician and former board president Timothy Quinn. After interviewing the three in a public question and answer session, the board decided to go with the tried-and-true, voting for Quinn, who has been a member of the Warwick School Board since 2005.

Quinn will be sworn into office at the September meeting.

He had decided not to run for reelection in 2017, noting that another four-year term seemed daunting after having served three four-year terms already. When he heard that Sahd had resigned due to health reasons, he wanted to offer his services for the remainder of Sahd’s term, which runs until the end of 2019.

“I am pleased to be back on the board,” said Quinn, who has also served as athletic team physician for many years and has three children who graduated from Warwick High School. When asked if he felt he had the energy and commitment to serve on the board, Quinn noted that he and his wife were now empty-nesters and he felt confident that he would be able to give his time to the school board.

Timothy Quinn

In the interview process, the board asked the candidates a series of questions, ranging from why they wanted to serve on the board to how they see school policy being established by the board.
When asked about her vision for education, Gibble noted that she had recently heard statistics about how knowledge doubled in 100 years after 1900. In the fast-paced, ever-changing world of today, knowledge now doubles in just 18 months.

“We are no longer teaching just reading, writing and math,” said Gibble. “As educators, we are developing students as responsible global citizens who are able to be innovators…who are able to embrace change with confidence.”

All three were asked why they wanted to serve on the school board, and Browne explained that the “simple answer” was that every decision made by the board matters, and he hoped to be able to share his perspective on that. Board member Mathew Knouse encouraged both Browne and Gibble to remain engaged with the Warwick School District and continue to share their insight.
“We are very fortunate to have such qualified candidates,” he said, noting that it was difficult to choose just one.

The board did have many other choices to make, as the Warwick School District looks toward the start of the 2018-19 school year. Students in grades K-12 will begin classes on Sept. 5, after Labor Day.

Staffing changes
John R. Bonfield Elementary School will have a new principal with Colleen Heckman serving as interim principal, after Stacie Bardell was approved for a change of status to fifth grade teacher at Bonfield Elementary. Heckman had previously been a learning facilitator at John Beck Elementary School. There were many teachers approved for the new school year. They included Hannah Futer as a multiple disabilities support teacher at Warwick High School, and Ashley N. Weaver as an emotional support teacher at John R. Bonfield Elementary School.

Dalton Patterson was named as a full-year long term substitute physics teacher at Warwick High School. Holly Kellum is a long term substitute second grade teacher at John Beck Elementary School. Eric D. Myers is a long term substitute fifth grade teacher at John Beck Elementary School. Kristen Peterson was named as a long term substitute reading specialist at Kissel Hill Elementary School. Non-instructional appointments included Irina Freydlina as a data technology assistant, Judith Garbrick as a food andnutrition services assistant, Andrea Litzenberg as a student support assistant at Warwick High School, Brittany Magee as a special programs assistant at Warwick High School, Kristine Cole as a student support assistant at Warwick Middle School, Theresa Sanders as a special programs assistant at Warwick Middle School, Virginia Lang as a student support assistant at John Beck, and Gretchen Bender, Anna Lauer, and Valerie McClain as a student support assistant at John Beck Elementary School.

Others include Kimberly Braunagel as a special programs assistant, Elizabeth Huyett as an administrative assistant, Marlo Noble as a special programs assistant, Amanda Richards as a special programs assistant, Kathryn Summers as a student support assistant, Kendra Weiler as a student support assistant, Sarah McDevitt as a special programs assistant, Kathleen Miller as a special programs assistant, Hollyann Yoder as a special programs assistant, and Virginia Steffy as a student support assistant. The Warwick School Board approved board committee appointments for David Hoglund and Christopher Strayer to the building & property committee, and Rebecca Muller and Melody Strayer to the education committee.

The board approved a field trip request for high school students and staff to go to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada from Feb. 22 to 25, 2019. Sunday use requests were approved for Warwick Youth Football/Cheerleading to use turf football stadium, multi-purpose field and HS outdoor concession stand at Grosh Field, from Sept. 2 through Nov. 11; Healthy Kids Running Series to use the Bonfield Elementary baseball fields Sept. 16 through Oct. 14; Warwick Youth Girls’ Softball to use John Beck Elementary baseball field from Sept. 9 through Oct. 28; and Lititz Youth Soccer Club to use John Beck Elementary practice fields from Sept. 2 through Nov. 11.

Laura Knowles is a freelance feature writer and regular contributor to the pages of the Record Express. She welcomes feedback and story tips at lknowles21@gmail.com. 

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