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Rachel Hipp to retire after 35 years with Norwalk schools

Cary Ashby • May 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

The Norwalk City Schools board of education approved the June 1 retirement of Norwalk High School art teacher Rachel Hipp.

After being a Findlay subsitute teacher, Hipp spent the next 35 years with Norwalk. She taught art in every building except Maplehurst Elementary.

In addition to approving her retirement Tuesday, the board OK’d rehiring Hipp for the 2018-2019 school year. There will be a a public hearing on the matter at 4 p.m. Aug. 1.

Superintendent George Fisk called Hipp a “highly effective teacher” and said it will be great having her in the classroom for one more year since that’s where she enjoys being.

In other personnel action, the board approved a one-year contract effective Aug. 1 for NHS teacher Steve Andres. This will be his second year as an intervention specialist.

Also, the board:

• Commended the 77 students in the 2018 graduating class who earned a 3.4 GPA or better throughout their high school careers.

“That’s an amazing percentage,” Fisk said.

• Approved the list of seniors for graduation and announced the last day for them will be May 25.

• Approved the following overnight camps: Girls’ basketball (Marietta College, June 14 through 16); boys’ basketball (Findlay University, June 21 and 22); volleyball (Maumee Bay tournament July 19 through 21); and cheerleaders (overnight camp at NHS, July 30 and 31).

• Reduced the cost of the 1:1 laptop fee from $100 to $50. Fisk said district technology director Amy Swope reported the $100 fee was covering the price of each computer and the students shouldn’t be paying the entire amount.

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