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Toronto board hires new treasurer

June 29, 2013
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - The city school board hired a new treasurer during its Thursday meeting.

The district hired Coleen Wickham to replace the retiring Cheryl Vukelic, according to district Superintendent Fred Burns.

"We hired a new treasurer, and that was the first thing we did," said Burns, adding Wickham has extensive experience. "She's had six years experience in Wellsville as their treasurer. She also worked for the Edison Local School District in payroll for several years before that.

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NEW TREASURER — The Toronto City School Board hired Coleen Wickham as treasurer during its board meeting Thursday. Wickham replaces the retiring Cheryl Vukelic, who served the district for more than 30 years. - Contributed

"She's helping Wellsville finish up its fiscal year," Burns continued. "She officially begins here Aug. 1, but she's now our acting treasurer."

Vukelic is leaving a position she has held for more than 30 years.

"We thank her for her years of service and dedication for Toronto, and we wish her the best in this new phase of her life," said Burns.

In other matters:

The board hired Katherine Misconish as a kindergarten teacher for the upcoming school year. Also, district teacher Cindy Hinerman was hired as facilitator for the district's Success for All reading program.

The board voted to return to a seven-period day at the high school, according to Burns.

"We're going back to a seven-period day at Toronto High School to give students and pupils more time for each class," he said. "We were at eight periods, tried it and we didn't like it, so we're going to back to seven."

The board hired Basinger Auction Service to conduct an Internet auction of items at the soon-to-be-former Toronto High School, Burns said. The online auction will take place the week of Sept. 16-20.

"Being online will allow people from across the country to bid on items," said Burns, adding the school would heavily advertise the auction in the media. "(The auction house) told us we could expect a much higher rate of return because the auction will be available across the country. (The school district) also will offer assistance on how to bid as well offer our computers to the public for the auction."

Burns said more details on the planned auction would be forthcoming. All money raised would be used to complete the high school stadium lighting project, he added.

The district is stepping up its fulfillment of mandates tied to the federal Race to the Top program and will be making required changes beginning with the coming school year, said Burns.

"We're going to make the changes jointly with teachers and the administration," said Burns. "We're trying to be proactive on the (federal) changes, and that's what Race to the Top allows you to do."

The next regular meeting will be at 5 p.m. July 18 at the Karaffa Middle School library.

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