Conneaut Schools open September 2 Print E-mail
Written by David Schaef   
Monday, 24 August 2009 00:00

It’s back to school for students in the Conneaut School District on Wed., Sept. 2, teachers having begun the school year two days earlier on Mon., Aug. 31.

The 2009 - 2010 school year will see the district leadership change as current Conneaut Schools Superintendent Rick Rossi will retire on Nov. 30, about 7 months earlier than his current contract called for. He has been in the educational field for over 37 years.

The board of education has not announced how it will be filling the superintendent’s position, whether from within or look to hire outside.

Several longtime employees have retired and new teachers hired to begin their teaching careers and several have transferred within the district.

At Conneaut Lake Elementary School, Tricia Deemer has retired from her first grade teaching position and will be replaced by Jen Storll. Greg Dinsmore will be teaching a fourth grade section. He was a third grade de teacher last year. Angie Krachkowski has transferred in as one of the learning support teachers, replacing Betsy Nelson who is on leave.

At Conneaut Lake High School. guidance counselor Tom Quinn has retired. He is being replaced by Lisa Struski, who has been English teacher at Linesville High School the past 14 years.

Jessica Ellis has been hired at he new art teacher, replacing the retiring Bob Slevin who remains as golf coach and boys basketball coach.

Cathy Smith will teach learning support in the middle school and Jodi Betts will be learning support teacher at the senior high level. Donna Lucas will teach Senior High English courses while Doug Tucker will teach middle school English, the two swapping teaching levels. Steven Neal is returning as a middle school social studies teacher.

At Conneaut Valley Elementary School, Sarah Hedderick, who was a kindergarten teacher, has move to a second cond grade position; Sara Pelc replaces the retiring Ken Kaczmorski in 4th grade, Cathy Patterson, who was a third grade teacher, will move to fifth grade and Penny Varee, a fifth grade teacher last year, will move to a third grade position. Evelyn Neville, previously at Conneaut Lake High School, will move into one of the special education teacher positions.

At Conneaut Valley High School, due to a resignation, the district is looking to hire a part-time Spanish teacher, or an English/reading instructor, depending on interviews.

Tara Headley will be a middle school learning support teacher and Robert Uzelac will be a learning support individual at the high school.

At Alice Schafer Elementary School, Brooke Koemer, who was a 4th grade teacher, will move to second grade, replacing Sue Moss, who moved to a sixth grade teaching position; Jess Martin will bein a fourth grade teaching position.

At Linesville High School, Dawnelle Bartges, who was at Conneaut Lake High School, will become English teacher, replacing Lisa Struski, who moved to Conneaut Lake High School, to become Guidance counselor. Ed Vorisek, who was a science teacher at Conneaut Lake High School, has transferred to LHS to teach science classes.

Matt Black will begin the year as a phys ed teacher, a position he held last year, pending a return of Rich Krankota from the military although his orders may be extended.

Few changes have been made in busing schedules from last year and anyone with questions at to pickup times can call their schools or the bus companies for more information.

Students attending the Crawford County Career and Technical School, will see the school undergo renovations and additions during the school year. CCCTC plans are to have construction work done after the school day, not when students are in class.