Delaware school board appoints new student board member


By Glenn Battishill - [email protected]



Abigail Jones (center) explains how to access board documents to her successor, Kelli Curcillo, at the board meeting Monday night. Board member Ted Backus is at left.


Jennifer Ruhe | Delaware City Schools

The Delaware Board of Education approved a number of staffing changes, including four new teachers, and sworn in its new student board member at its meeting Monday.

Kelli Cucillo, 17, was sworn in as the new student board member Monday night. Cucillo is a senior at Delaware Hayes High School and was recommended to the board by previous student board member, Abigail Jones.

As the student board member, Cucillo will attend meetings, give the board a student’s input and have a symbolic vote.

“I’m really excited to be a part of this,” Cucillo said. “I want to bring a voice for all the students at Hayes High School [to the board.]”

Cucillo is a staff member at the Delaware Hayes High School Talisman, the student newspaper, as well as a member of the National Honor Society and an employee at Dari Point. Cucillo said has been a student at the district since first grade.

Jones will attend Kent State University this fall and reports that she wants to pursue a career in education.

The board also approved hiring four teachers: Kirsten Grodrian, who will be a teacher at Schultz Elementary; Robert Sexton, who will be a teacher at Woodward Elementary; Paige Kantzer, who will be a teacher at Smith Elementary; and Megan Helgeson, who will be a teacher at Dempsey Middle School.

The board also accepted a number of staff resignations, including Rebecca Shick, a teacher at Dempsey Middle; Erin Hugel, a teacher at Schultz Elementary; and Kathy Friend and Dawna Tompkins, who were School Aged Child Care staff members.

The board also approved a proposal for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment to be installed at Hayes High School. The equipment would be purchased from Johnson Controls Inc. and would cost $32,694.

The board approved an easement at Woodward Elementary so the American Electric Power Co. can relocate electrical service to accommodate the additions and renovations to the building. The building will be getting a new gym and several classrooms. The work is expected to be completed by the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Abigail Jones (center) explains how to access board documents to her successor, Kelli Curcillo, at the board meeting Monday night. Board member Ted Backus is at left.
http://delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Jones-Curcillo.jpgAbigail Jones (center) explains how to access board documents to her successor, Kelli Curcillo, at the board meeting Monday night. Board member Ted Backus is at left. Jennifer Ruhe | Delaware City Schools

By Glenn Battishill

[email protected]

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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