Martins Ferry Schools revamp athletic board, plan roof repairs

MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry City Schools Board of Education addressed personnel and building projects during Thursday’s meeting.

The board went into executive session for about an hour to discuss employment items with respect to a public employee or official. Afterward, they voted not to post a bid for a new athletic director pending a memorandum of understanding.

During the March meeting, the board also accepted the resignation of Kim Appolloni as the athletic director, effective May 31. She will continue to work as a computer science teacher.

“We’re just holding off on bidding the AD position at this time,” Superintendent Jim Fogle said. “We are not bidding the athletic director position until we have an outcome of board-proposed action between the board and the (Martins Ferry Education Association).”

He added that the board hoped for a resolution soon.

The board also motioned to extend Fogle’s contract for three years, with either a raise of $2,000 or the percentage of any raise that the MFEA would receive as a result of negotiations.

The board also reorganized the athletic board to be comprised of the superintendent, two board members, and the high school and middle school principals. Scott Ballint and Brian McFarland are the board members in question.

“We revamped the athletic board. … This will be the new makeup. Prior, it was the athletic director, the assistant athletic director, the superintendent, high school principal and two board members…We just felt that it would be more efficient to do the business that the athletic board does with those new members,” Fogle said. “It’s just a new format. The order of business will remain the same.”

He added that the athletic board’s responsibilities range from ordering athletic equipment to interviewing for coaching positions.

The board also motioned not to renew the contracts for the girl’s basketball staff.

“The board decided to go in a different direction,” Fogle said, adding that the regular basketball matches will continue. He said he did not know the exact number of staff or how many were paid positions and how many were volunteers. “There’ll be another staff. I just can’t say when or who.”

Also, the planned roof repairs will begin within two weeks.

“Mansuetto Roofing will be staging their office trailer here on campus,” Fogle said. He added that the elementary school should be completed during summer break and they hope to complete the project before Christmas break.

In other matters, board member Bill Suto addressed the subject of obtaining new exterior locks for the schools and whether the change of locks should wait until after the construction projects are complete. He added that prices for the security project are being obtained.

“Personally, I like to think every year we should change our school locks, or every couple of years, just for the safety of our kids. Too many keys get out there, floating around. I’d personally like to see it done before the beginning of the school year,” Suto said.

Fogle suggested the new locks be installed after the new roofs are finished. He pointed out the number of people who will be moving through the buildings during the work. The board motioned to replace the locks after the roof work was complete. Suto was the sole board member to vote in opposition, with board members Dorothy Powell, Brian McFarland, and Ballint voting in favor. Nick Stankovich was absent.

Additionally, the board approved a resolution to administer the paper version of the Third Grade Ohio State English Language Arts and Mathematics Test in lieu of the online assessments beginning in the 2019 to 2020 school year. Fogle said the elementary staff has asked the board to consider the measure, and the state permits third grade classes to use the paper version.

Work has been completed on the softball and baseball fields, and matches are expected next week, weather permitting.

The next board meeting was set for 5:30 p.m. June 27.