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Sculptures build success, to go beyond GC

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Sculptures build success, to go beyond GC

By MONICA PRYTS Allied News Staff Writer | Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2015 7:41 am

GROVE CITY – George Junior Republic students have completed 10 sculpture projects in Grove City over the last five years, and the school is moving on to other communities.

"It's worked so well in Grove City," GJR welding instructor Mike Jenkins told Grove City school board members at Monday night's meeting.

Greenville is next in line to benefit from the sculptures, followed by Sharon and the Hill House in Pittsburgh.

Community involvement in Grove City has been wonderful, and the success of the projects has snowballed, Jenkins said.

Two GJR students told the board Monday about how much they've enjoyed being part of the art project, which they said has brought so many people together and taught them about teamwork and giving back to the community.

One of the students is also considering a career in welding because of the sculptures.

It's been neat to watch the students see the projects through from start to finish, said GJR Principal Jim Anderson.

"I'm amazed that this is gonna keep going," he said.

At least 24 students a year for the last five years have participated, Jenkins said.

"It's definitely hit a lot of kids," he said.

Board President Sue Herman praised the students for their work, which she said is a permanent reminder of their dedication. It's been a blessing to witness, board member Paul Gubba said, with Roberta Hensel adding it's wonderful to hear the project could lead to careers in welding.

Other business

In other business at Monday's combined work session and business meeting, board members:

• Welcomed Dr. Lawrence Connelly as the district's interim superintendent; he started July 1.

• Heard from Herman that Tim Templeton of Templeton Advantage, the consultant helping with the search for a new superintendent, has advertised the position. Dr. Richard Mextorf led the district for four years and is now superintendent of Hamburg Area School District.

• Introduced the district's new solicitor, Andrew Evankovich of Andrews and Price, Pittsburgh. The firm replaces McNickle and Bonner, which resigned June 30 after more than 50 years with the district.

• Held an executive session after the meeting to discuss negotiations regarding the contract for principals and non-teaching personnel.

• Accepted the following resignations: Malysa Yard, part-time food production worker, effective June 23, 2015; Sarah Craig, French teacher, Aug. 1; Amy Stringert, full-time licensed practical nurse, July 9, 2015; and Kathryn Calano, English teacher, Aug. 15.

• Approved hiring: Kimberly Hohman, part-time professional employee/Highland physical education, effective Aug. 17, salary of $43,101; Adam Jury, full-time professional employee at GJR/physical education, effective Aug. 17, $43,101; Tom Wise, full-time professional employee/middle school physical education, effective Jan. 4, $55,201; and Courtney Hartman, temporary professional employee, effective July 15, $44,539.