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Portage School Board fires teacher facing sex charges

Updated: March 1, 2013 7:51PM



PORTAGE — The Portage Township school board terminated the employment of middle school teacher Bryan Tyman, Monday night. Tyman is charged with felony counts of child solicitation and vicarious sexual gratification, having sent sexually inappropriate messages and photos to former students.

The board also terminated James Miller, a custodian of Fegely middle school. School chief Ric Frataccia refused to comment on Miller’s termination, citing personnel privacy concerns.

The board approved hiring Marsha Stephens as Director of Food Services. Stephens is a 28-year veteran of the district.

Lisa Strong was hired as Assistant Director of Food Services. Strong was formerly Director of Food Services at South Central school.

Tanya Corbett has been appointed Director of Transportation, a position that has been vacant since August.

The board approved a public comment form to be filled out by anybody wanting to speak before the board.

Board member William Fekete dissented.

“I’m only in favor of a sign in sheet,” he said during the vote.

Assistant Superintendent Tom Taylor presented a proposed employee safety manual to the board. The board questioned Taylor whether secretaries would be prohibited from wearing high heel and open toed shoes.

“We don’t want to be the fashion police,” said Taylor, asking that common sense prevail in choosing appropriate footwear for conditions.

Frataccia commented that employee safety is serious business and applauded Taylor’s efforts slicing Workman Compensation claims in half, from roughly $1 million per year to $500,000.



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