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Medina Schools hires assistant director of pupil services

  • Ronda-French

    Ronda French was hired Monday as the assistant director of pupil services for Medina Schools, effective Oct. 22.



MEDINA — The Medina Board of Education added a new face to its administration team.

Ronda French was hired Monday as the assistant director of pupil services for Medina Schools, effective Oct. 22.


Ronda French was hired Monday as the assistant director of pupil services for Medina Schools, effective Oct. 22.

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She was a school psychologist for seven years at Portage Lakes Career Center in Green. French is currently working to complete the licensure program in Educational Leadership at Ashland University and is a nationally certified school psychologist.

French will report to Mine Pazitka, director of pupil services. She is moving into Pazitka’s old position, as the latter was named director in July. They will work with special needs children in the district.

“This is awesome,” Superintendent Aaron Sable said. “We need the help and support in pupil services. We’re excited to get Ronda started in next couple weeks.”

French will be paid $76,600 for the 2018-19 school year.

French is a native of Northeast Ohio. She received her bachelor’s of arts degree from Cleveland State University in 2007.

She began her career serving as a case manager for adults diagnosed with mental health issues at a nonprofit agency in Cleveland for three years. French attended the school psychology program at Cleveland State, where she obtained her master’s of arts and psychology specialist degrees in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Throughout her time in education, French said she has valued proactive mental health strategies and the inclusion of people with disabilities. As assistant director of pupil services, she said she is glad to be a part of the administrative team and will assist with pupil services across the district.

She said she will share her family and community-

oriented philosophy and is excited to influence decisions that will positively impact the students of Medina Schools.

French lives with her husband and two daughters in Streetsboro, where her husband is a police officer.

In other news

Plans to revamp the Medina Community Recreation Center are still on hold pending the evaluation of a decades-old agreement.

Sable said the school district needs to re-evaluate the joint operating agreement it has with the city of Medina as the district owns the building and the city operates the facility. The agreement has in place for 20 years now, Sable said.

“We should start digging into it,” he said. “There are multiple things in the agreement that we don’t follow and that the city doesn’t follow.”

Sable said for example there are not many of the district’s athletic teams that train or lift weights at the rec center since they have their own weight room in the high school although that is part of the agreement.

Digging into the agreement will be a separate issue from approving an expansion project at the rec center.

Director Mike Wright wants to add a 4,836-square-foot fitness center.

It will come at a cost of about $750,000, paid for with the rec center’s carryforward funds — money left over in the budget from the previous year.

The city would also have to sign off on the expansion. The city is waiting on the school district to make a decision.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell attended the work session Monday and said the sooner a decision is made, the better as delays only add to the potential costs of the project. Materials and construction costs have already increased about 9.5 percent since a study of the project was done last year.

“The longer we wait, the more the price will increase,” Hanwell said.

Sable said the school district is supportive of the expansion project.

“I hope to make a recommendation to the board in the next month or two,” he said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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