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Niles school board OKs treasurer’s retirement

NILES — The Niles Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the resignation of Treasurer Rhonda Amorganos at its meeting Tuesday.

Amoraganos’ resignation will be effective July 31.

“I’m actually retiring for good now,” Amorganos said. “I retired three years ago and I started a small business.”

Amorganos said she has worked in education for 35 years. In her career, she also worked as treasurer for Howland, Hubbard and Brookfield school districts.

In 2020, Niles Schools hired Amorganos to a 3.5-year administrative contract at $90,000 annually.

Amorganos came to the district while it was still in fiscal emergency. It was released from that designation in January 2022.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen acknowledged Amorganos for the work she did while serving in the district.

“Thank you (Amorganos) for the four years you put in for this district,” Thigpen said. “You really have been a difference here … We’re in a much better place with the work that you did. I appreciate working with you. You will leave big shoes to fill. We really do appreciate the fact that you came here at a really rough time and you stayed through.”

At the end of the meeting, the board entered into executive session to “discuss the next steps,” that the board will take in terms of finding a replacement for Amorganos.

“Are they going to go with the (Trumbull County Educational Service Center), are they going to hire a separate firm, those are all options,” Thigpen said.

In other business, the board approved an adjustment to the 2023-24 school calendar to account for the expected total solar eclipse on April 8.

The district will have an early release day for students in grades K-12 and preschool will be canceled.

“All of our students will be home by 1 p.m. and all of our staff, right now, we want home by 1:30,” Thigpen said.

Thigpen said of other local districts, nine are planning to close for the entire day and 12 are doing early release.

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