Board approves house demo, extends contracts

by Laura Bednar

Jan. 9 board of education meeting

Members of the Nordonia Hills Board of Education approved paying Fike Developing and Excavating $16,992 to demolish the house at 7952 S. Bedford Rd.

The district had purchased the property, which is near Nordonia High School, in February 2022. Superintendent Dr. Joe Clark said, “The house needs to come down, it’s a dangerous place for people that might wander over there.”

He added that once the house is demolished the property will be a field available for parking, band practices, soccer practices and the like.

“Of course it will always be available for us to pave on if we want to make more permanent parking,” said Clark.


The contracts of Anthony Buckler, associate principal; Kristen Cottrell, elementary principal; Carrie Hutchinson, director of pupil services; Marc Kaminicki, elementary principal; Jacqueline O’Mara, elementary principal; and Carol Sides-Tonsing, intermediate principal, were extended effective Aug.1, 2024 through July 31, 2028.

Louise Teringo was hired as interim principal for Nordonia High School, in August 2022, and the board awarded her a two-year contract from Aug. 1, 2023, through July 31, 2025, to stay on as principal.


The school calendar was approved for 2024-25. The first day of school is Aug. 20, 2024, with Thanksgiving break from Nov. 27-Dec. 2. Winter break is from Dec. 23, 2024, through Jan. 3, 2025, and spring break is March 24-28. The last day of school is May 30, 2025.

Chad Lahrmer was voted as school board president and Amy Vajdich as vice president.


Capital Advisors donated $250 in memory of deceased Nordonia teacher John O’Brien. Anthraper Enterprises, which owns IHOP in Macedonia, donated $5,000 to the Nordonia High School athletic department. Specialty Lubricants donated another $5,000 to the NHS athletic department to update the track and field fully automated timing system. ∞