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Pupil services associate director promoted in Medina

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MEDINA — The Medina Board of Education approved the hiring of Mine Pazitka on Monday as the district’s new director of pupil services.

Pazitka will replace Paul Kidd, who resigned in June to accept a position with Lakewood Schools. Kidd was a member of the administrative staff for six years.

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Mine Pazitka

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Sable said Pazitka had done an “outstanding job” as associate director of pupil services alongside Kidd the last 11/2 years.

“In her new role as director of pupil services, she brings outside experience while having a strong knowledge of Medina City Schools,” Sable said in a statement. “She has demonstrated her dedication to ‘every student, every day,’ and will be a strong leader as we continue to move forward.”

Her contract is effective Aug. 1, but her salary was not available Monday, Superintendent Aaron Sable said after the meeting.

“We’re really fortunate to have Mine as a part of our district,” Sable said. “Part of the initiative I came in with was to bring in some outside perspectives as we move forward.”

Pazitka, who earned her master’s degree from Kent State University, previously served as a school psychologist at Tallmadge Schools.

Her experience will allow her to hit the ground running, Sable said.

“Over the past three or four months, I’ve worked closely with Mine and I’ve been truly impressed with her ideas and her leadership,” he said.

The district is looking for someone to replace Pazitka as associate director of pupil services.

“Hopefully, we’ll get someone as strong as she was in that position,” Sable said.

The department of pupil services oversees a variety of programming and resources within the district. The primary responsibility of the department is oversight of all phases of the district’s special education programs, which includes the Helping Hands Preschool and out-of-district placements that involve Medina students.

In other news

  • The board approved the hiring of Shannon Conley-Kurjian as associate principal at Claggett Middle School, effective Aug. 1.
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Shannon Conley-Kurjian

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She was an administrative intern at Claggett in the 2017-18 school year. Conley-Kurjian has been with the district since 2003, previously as a history teacher at the high school and a K-9 integration specialist.

She received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and her master’s from the University of Toledo.

“I am thrilled to join the Claggett team and look forward to continue to work with a positive and dynamic staff and join a stellar leadership team that moves Medina forward,” she said in a statement.

Sable said Conley-Kurjian’s goal is to become a building principal.

“This is the first stop toward that process,” he said.

  • The board made two districtwide psychologist appointments: Elizabeth Bondi and Meghan Cuddy, who will replace employees who left the district.
  • The board renewed an agreement with Blackboard Inc., of Indianapolis, for the district’s website, mass notification, mobile app and social media accounts at an annual cost of $32,224.38 through June 30.
    There is no increase in costs from the previous year, Sable said.
    The website handles the reverse call system the district uses to inform parents.
  • Former Medina teacher and coach Jeanne Pritchard donated $1,000 to the Medina City School District Hall of Fame. The donation will be used to support the purchase of a digital board, which will display hall of fame inductee information, to be located at the Performing Arts Center. It will support sports and academic standouts, Sable said.
    The Medina City Schools Foundation will pick up the remainder of what donations don’t cover.
    “There will be no cost to the district,” Sable said.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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