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District creating scholarship fund to honor Vonthron

Alissa Widman Neese • Oct 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

A longtime Huron Schools administrator with elementary experience will lead Shawnee Elementary School following the loss of its beloved principal.

Board members agreed Tuesday to hire Lyle Rowe, the district’s part-time EMIS coordinator, as the school’s dean of students, effective March 6.   

He will earn $30 an hour and will work on an as-needed basis until June 30.

Satanta “Tanny” Vonthron, 39, who had been Shawnee Elementary School’s principal since 2008, lost a lengthy battle with cancer earlier this month. Tuesday’s board meeting was the first since Tanny died March 12 at home.

Board members began the meeting with a moment of silence in her honor.

“I’ve heard nothing but positive things about Lyle stepping in, and keeping operations moving at the school in a fashion that Tanny would be very proud of” board member Tim Sowecke said Tuesday.

Rowe was principal at Woodlands Elementary School for 18 years before retiring in 2008. That same year, Woodlands became the district’s intermediate school, and elementary students moved to the newly reopened Shawnee Elementary School.

Rowe accepted the part-time job as EMIS — or Educational Management Information Systems — coordinator shortly after retiring. His responsibilities include gathering and organizing daily student and staff data to report it to the Ohio Department of Education.

Rowe no longer has the up-to-date licensure necessary to be a principal, so his limited position must be referred to by a different title, board member Donna Green said.

He will continue his duties as EMIS coordinator while serving as dean of students.

The district will accept applications for the position until April 18, and hopes to hire a full-time replacement by May.

On Tuesday, board members also discussed the Satanta Vonthron Memorial Scholarship Fund, which the Vonthron family recently established to benefit Huron High School students.

The district receives several donations toward the fund every day, superintendent Dennis Muratori said.

Officials are working with the Vonthron family to determine when scholarships will be awarded, and the criteria to be eligible to receive one, Muratori said. The family will have “full control” in the decision-making process.

“Tanny was such a giving person, and we thought this would be a great way to honor her life, because she lived for her school,” her sister, Emma Vonthron, said earlier this month.

Want to donate?

Send checks for the Satanta Vonthron Memorial Scholarship Fund to Huron City Schools, 712 Cleveland Road East, Huron, Ohio, 44839. Call 419-433-1234 for more information.

"Smiles for Tanny" T-shirts

Gosser Brothers Screen Printing is selling smiley face T-shirts — Tanny’s trademark — with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the scholarship fund. Call 419-357-7572 to order a T-shirt or stop by the shop at 507 S. Main St., Huron.

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