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Computer chief quits district job

By admin Published: November 23, 2010

John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

The Akron school board on Monday approved the resignation of the district's top computer expert Mark Bussey.

Bussey, 48, had been appointed this spring to a two-year contract as director of information services. His salary for this school year was about $105,000.

''In his letter, he said he's pursuing other career opportunities,'' said Superintendent David James.

Bussey couldn't be reached for comment.

The district hired Bussey in 2005. He told the district in his application letter that his previous employer, the University of Toledo, had eliminated his position during a reorganization.

Before that, he was the technology director for East Cleveland City Schools and a systems analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank Fourth District, Cleveland city schools and the Ohio Lottery Commission.

His department played a key role in the district's replacement of 15-year-old student and employee data systems in 2009 — a $4 million project.

The system tracking student information was ready in July. The system used by Human Resources will be activated in January.

At its Nov. 11 meeting, the school board also approved the resignation of Maryann Wolowiec, the project manager for the development of the National Inventors Hall of Fame middle school.

Wolowiec, 59, has joined Invent Now, the former National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, as the vice president of Educational Content and Program Development.

She will be ''responsible for all existing educational content, curriculum, and training for Invent Now. She will oversee the innovation, development, and implementation of all new education content and initiatives,'' according to Invent Now.

The nonprofit organization, once headquartered in Akron, is now based in North Canton and operates Camp Invention and Club Invention — national educational programs — and recognizes inventors through the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Wolowiec worked as a chemical information scientist in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years and spent 17 years in the Hudson school district where she taught chemistry, coordinated math and science instruction and eventually became superintendent.

In 2007, she joined Akron Public Schools as the project manager in the development of the National Inventors Hall of Fame middle school, which focuses on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

The school opened in 2009 in a temporary facility and began this school year in its permanent downtown building — a $14.5 million project that included an addition and renovation to the former National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Wolowiec's salary for this school year at Akron Public Schools was almost $100,000.

John Higgins can be reached at 330-996-3792 or Read the education blog at



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