Dublin Villager

Levine, Aquila receive Golden Shamrock awards

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Two math teachers were honored last week with a three-leafed award.

The Golden Shamrock Award that recognizes outstanding Dublin City School District employees was given to Kevin Levine of Karrer Middle School and Scioto High School teacher Toni Aquila during the Feb. 11 board of education meeting.

Karrer Middle School Principal Rick Weininger said Levine uses costumes and even shaved one half of his face to get the attention of students and teach in memorable ways.

"He is new to Karrer Middle School this year and has already made an impact on the school," Weininger said, noting Levine has also made a difference in the community through service.

Aquila has been with Dublin City Schools for 30 years, Scioto Principal Donis Toler said, and spends many hours outside of the school day to help students and they often return after college to visit and seek advice from her.

"Toni has a student following that is incredible," Toler said.

In other board news, the district is looking to purchase 10, 72-passenger buses and one 48-passenger bus with a wheelchair lift. Board members authorized the district to advertise for bids for the bus contract.

Superintendent David Axner said the purchase will be funded with money from the bond issue passed in 2008. Administration has stretched bond funds and about $1.4 million is left.

The 72-passenger buses are expected to cost about $81,000 each and the 48-passenger bus with the wheelchair lift could cost $89,000 for an estimated total of $900,000.

"It also really refreshes our buses to keep them more in line with modern models that are out now," he said. "It will really make a huge impact on our fleet."

The board of education also accepted the retirements of three administrators and nine teachers last week.

Axner said queries on retirements are growing as changes to state retirement funds near.

Deer Run Elementary School Principal Lorraine Rubadue, Karrer Middle School Principal Rick Weininger and Karrer Middle School Assistant Principal Kathy Grinch will all retire May 31.

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