Finneytown LSD Honors Two 2020 Retirees

Michael Morgan

After serving with the district for 35 years, Michael Morgan is retiring this summer!

When Michael joined the Finneytown Local School District Maintenance department on December 17, 1985, he brought years of experience as a certified structural welder and certified electrician. During his time in Finneytown, Michael held positions as a substitute bus driver, Performing Arts Center manager and numerous technical positions for the theatre program. He was an advisor for CONNECT, a Long Range Facilities Committee member and led the Jarod’s Law implementation. As a Finneytown resident and parent of former students, he has a vested interest in the successful operation of the school district which has been displayed through his dedication and commitment to his job responsibilities.  Michael has been recognized numerous times for his contributions to the district’s special projects, including several renovations and building projects.

Michael is a personable and congenial co-worker and always willing to lend a hand. His intimate knowledge of the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems of the district is invaluable as he intricately knows their specification and idiosyncrasies. Michael and his knowledge and dedication will be missed. We wish him a long and productive retirement!

Sue Polter

Sue Polter has been a driving force and an advocate for Finneytown students for the past 20 years. She will officially retire at end of this school year. When Sue Polter joined the District’s staff as an Education Assistant in 2000, she brought with her a degree in Sociology from the Ohio State University and a paralegal certificate from the University of Cincinnati. She also brought years of experience  working with children. Sue was a teacher’s aide at Friendship Nursery School and the Yavneh Day School preschool program before coming to Finneytown. She also served as the Youth Program Director for three years at Central Parkway YMCA, working with youngsters in Over-the-Rhine, the West End and Fairview Heights.

The original position Sue was hired for at Finneytown was as a full-time assistant for a student at Whitaker Elementary who was blind. Sue took it upon herself to learn Braille during the summer months of 2000 in order to prepare for this role. She moved with this student to Cottonwood Elementary for several years, then followed the student back to Whitaker. Principals at both elementary schools praised Sue’s work ethic, her persistence, and her ability to develop strategies to keep her student focused on school work. After 6 years in that assignment, Sue accepted a position at the Secondary Campus in 2006, again working with special needs students. She was able to increase her knowledge of the needs of students with disabilities. The following year, she was asked to create the position of Testing Intervention Aide to help children with graduation tests. She tutored students and helped with OAT and OGT test preparation. In 2011-2012 the district received a grant and Sue incorporated the Fast Forward reading program into the curriculum. She tutored 21 students using the program to improve student reading skills that year. Most recently, Sue mentored students in credit recovery and the Smart Horizons path to graduation program. This was most rewarding for her and for the students who were able to earn credits and graduate. 

Sue served as a member of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports team and F.A.S.P. union president during her time at Finneytown. She coordinated the WildCat WOW program that recognizes the achievement and efforts of staff on the Secondary Campus and organized the Secondary Campus staff social events, including holiday get-togethers and Final Friday treats. During her years with Finneytown Schools, Sue tutored students as a Home Instructor and worked with Extended Care before and after school.

Sue will be missed. We will also miss her professional manner, sense of humor, and ultimate professionalism deeply. We wish her the best in retirement!