New year, new faces for students, staff at Galion City Schools


Classes start today for area students

GALION — School starts Monday for Galion City Schools students. And the start of the 2017-18 school years brings with it a lot of changes and new faces for students and staff.

At the end of the last school year, the district recognized 14 retirees that included long-time teachers as well as cafeteria staff, bus drivers, secretaries and administrators. Together, those 14 represented a combined total of 338 years of service to the district.

Those retirees included Theresa Adkins (25 years), Cathy Jo Brown (23 years), Kenneth Burkhart (14 years), Jacki Corona (nine years), Tammy Erlsten (31 years), Loretta Feichtner (22 years), Debra Horton (17 years), Cynthia Rode (31 years), Margaret Sebrell (33 years), Jeffrey Shipman (19 years), Jennie Stevens (24 years), William Hurlow (43 years), Debra McCleese (19 years) and Elizabeth Pritchard (28 years).

The retirements opened up opportunities for movements and change with current district staff as well as new hires from outside.

The changes in staff were compounded by the resignation of Primary School Principal Cindy Voss, who left Galion after 16 years to accept the position of principal at Hannah Crawford Elementary in the Colonel Crawford School District in North Robinson.

Replacing Voss as Galion Primary School principal is Melisa Watters, who comes to Galion from Crestline Exempted Village Schools. Also new to the primary building is Tina Crim, who begins her time at Galion as a dindergarten teacher, as well as Lindy Edgell, as a preschool teacher.

Another change at Galion Primary School comes as Jeanie Kuhns steps into the role of secretary that was left empty by the retirement of Margie Sebrell.

Galion Middle School sees the introduction of Elizabeth Volz as Intervention Specialist.

Three new teachers will begin their time at Galion High School next week, also. Robin Stacy joins the district from Pioneer Career and Technology Center and will be teaching family consumer science. Kyra Bryan comes to the high school as a Spanish teacher, and Robert Gossom will be teaching business.

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Erin Miller | Galion Inquirer Galion Intermediate 5th grade teachers Jenny Reagan and Christine Smith work to put the final touches on their classroom prior to an open house on Thursday. Galion City Schools begins the 2017-2018 school year on Monday.
http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/08/web1_IMG_7890.jpgErin Miller | Galion Inquirer Galion Intermediate 5th grade teachers Jenny Reagan and Christine Smith work to put the final touches on their classroom prior to an open house on Thursday. Galion City Schools begins the 2017-2018 school year on Monday.

By Erin Miller

Galion Inquirer

Contact Erin Miller at emiller@aimmediamidwest.com or 419-468-1117 x-2049.