Jump leaving Mohawk after 35 years

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk local school district will lose a veteran educator effective June 1.

Educator Marianna Jump will be stepping down after 35 years in education, all with the Mohawk school system. Jump was working with kindergarten through second grade students in language arts, reading and general assistance for teachers and children as a Title I staff member.

Other changes were made during the board’s organizational meeting. Duane Coldiron was elected vice president and Roger Luhring as president for the remainder of this year. The board voted to have regular monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month.

Mohawk school treasurer Roy Swartz told the board funds realized from state casino revenues will be placed in the general fund, including the first payment of $20,317.95. The state is to forward two payments per year, however he believes more state cuts will occur following the biennial budget.

Superintendent Kenneth D. Ratliff announced changes to certain school policies have been placed online for a comment period from the public. The changes may be accessed at

mohawklocalschools-oh/. These changes will be read for consideration at the next board meeting.

Personnel items approved included:

Substitute teacher contracts for Paul Vitaras and Andrea Guthrie for the 2012-13 school year.

Substitute teachers aide contract for Tyler Long upon completion of requirements.

Other items approved included:

Five-year lease for copy equipment with Perry ProTech for $3,260 monthly plus overage costs.

High school Program of Study booklet for 2013-2014 school year including courses through post secondary education options.

Overnight field trip to Columbus for FFA leadership conference.

Accepted a donation of $500 from Michael and Heather Weinandy for classroom supplies.

Accepted a donation of $1,000 from Land O’ Lake Foundation for technology.

Accepted a donation of $1,000 from the Heritage Foundation for technology.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 18.