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Sponsors to help cover costs of Medina recreation center


MEDINA — The Board of Education approved six sponsors for the Medina Community Recreation Center at its meeting Monday.

The measure passed 4-0, with board member Tom Cahalan abstaining because he’s a contractor at the rec center.

Approved as bulkhead sponsors (up on the wall) were Akron Children’s Hospital, Amy Hoes-Howard Hanna Real Estate and Pfister Orthodontics. Track railing sponsors were Medina County District Library, Suicide Coalition and Total Exterior Systems.

The financial details of the deal weren’t disclosed.

“We were just approving the names,” Assistant Superintendent Kris Quallich said.

Superintendent Aaron Sable said the funds will help cover costs for repairs and maintenance at the rec center.

Sable said the measure still needs approval from Medina Council and the Cleveland Clinic, rec center partners. The clinic is a major donor/sponsor at the rec center and holds the right of first refusal with medical sponsors.

Mark Phelps, of Partner Marketing, secured the sponsorships. Cahalan said the banners that will be hung must conform to the district’s beliefs and policies. “We don’t want something anti-kids,” he said.

Other news

  • The board approved the final resolution for the 5.2-mill substitute emergency levy.

Treasurer David Chambers will be able to officially file the final required documentation with the Medina County Board of Elections and the Medina County Auditor’s Office to certify the language that will appear on the May 8 ballot.

If it passes, the district would collect approximately $6.6 million per year, the same as it does now under the 5.9-mill levy set to expire at the end of 2018. A rise in property values meant the school district could seek a lower millage to raise the same $6.6 million. The levy on the books was voted in for five years. The proposed levy would be continuous.

“I feel strongly this amount is needed,” board member Rob Skidmore said. “This is the minimum amount.”

Board President Doug Eastwood said he wanted to remind voters of what he said is a very important factor.

“There is no increase in our taxes,” he said.

  • The State Board of Education has granted the Medina Schools the 2016-17 Momentum Award, which recognizes districts that have exceeded expectations for student growth. To earn this award, districts must earn straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the report card, which includes gifted, lowest 20 percent in achievement and students with disabilities.

According to a letter signed by Ohio Board Education President Tess Ellshoff, “Your accomplishment makes you part of an elite group of districts that are ensuring the academic growth of students from every background and ability level. This is especially admirable when your district is operating multiple schools with diverse student populations and varying needs and challenges.”

Out of 611 Ohio school districts, Medina was one of 65 to achieve this distinction. “I’m proud of our staff and students,” Sable said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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