Harrison to retire from CW Schools

By Linda Dillman

Staff Writer

After a career in education spanning nearly four decades—from the classroom to the board office—Barbara Harrison is bidding Canal Winchester Local Schools goodbye this summer.

Harrison began her tenure in 1978 as a physical education teacher and went on to serve as a coach, principal, and assistant superintendent—a position from which she will retire in July. She was inducted into the Canal Winchester Hall of Fame in 2006.

“Barb and I started (working) in Canal Winchester in 1978,” said board member and former high school teacher Mike Yonnotti. “She is an exceptional coach and an exceptional teacher. Barb Harrison is the best Canal Winchester has.”

Superintendent Jim Sotlar said, “She has been absolutely a great person to work with. I am truly going to miss her.”

As emotions rolled over her, Harrison said, “It has been an absolute pleasure to serve this district, students, staff and this community. It’s truly been a labor of love. I’ve been blessed with all of the people I’ve worked with.”

Levy update

Sotlar and levy chairperson Lachandra Baker updated the Canal Winchester Board of Education on the campaign to approve a five-year, $5.8 million emergency substitute renewal levy in May. The current levy provides 16 percent of the district’s operating budget.

“This levy does not raise taxes,” said Sotlar, “but it does allow the district to receive income from new development, residential and commercial. The substitute emergency renewal allows us to continue with high quality programs and teachers that students need to be prepared for college and careers.”

The current levy expires at the end of the year and, if renewed, generates revenue at the present rate for its multi-year term. The substitute levy option also allows the district retain a 12.5 percent state rollback for property owners.

Energy conservation

Limbach Company representative Patty Spangler reported on the district’s energy conservation project, which includes a new automated management system, lighting and exhaust fan retrofits at the middle school.

“The project was a success and has surpassed expectations,” said Spangler, who added the project realized a cost avoidance of approximately $196,900 in electricity and $49,226 in gas utility costs for a total one-year kilowatt hour cost avoidance of $246,148.


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