Ferry BOE issues bomb threat ruling

MARTINS FERRY – The board of education made a ruling at its Monday meeting in the case of a middle school student who caused a disruption in the district with a bomb threat Nov. 26.

The board ruled the expulsion will remain in effect for the balance of the nine weeks. At the conclusion, the disciplinary action will be modified to a 10-day suspension. The record will not follow the student to the high school. The student will be permitted to participate in extra-curricular activities.

The board made its ruling after a lengthy executive session in which the student and related parties were heard. The decision was 3-1with Board Member Nick Stankovich casting an opposing vote.

“This is a very serious incident. We believe our administrators followed board policy in addressing this incident,” said Board Member Scott Ballint.

“The board listened to all parties and made a decision they feel is in the best interests of the students and the school,” said Superintendent Dirk Fitch.

Also, board sustained a grievance by an administrator regarding sick days accrued.

In other matters, board approved the resignation of Kelsey Carpenter as reserve volleyball coach effective immediately. The board also motioned to employ Ken Woodford, Jim Fogle, Joe Mamone and Sue Ferrelli with two-year administrative contracts. Board approved hiring Jaclyn Basinger and Tracy Glover as substitute teachers for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.

Regarding professional meetings, board approved requests from Carol Burda and Bruce Hotlosz to attend the 2013 OMERESA conference March 13 at Salt Fork State Lodge, and Victoria Falcone to attend the conference March 13-14.

Board approved a request by Stacey Bliss to attend the Resident Educator Program Coordinator Network Meeting April 13, 2013 at Dublin. Board also approved a request from Debra Carpenter to attend Student Growth Measure Workshop for K-12 on April 12 at St. Clairsville.

In new business, board approved a .400-acre gas lease with the Hess Corporation. Board also approved Math Grades 5-8 curriculum guide.

Also, Ballint was named to represent the district at the annual Belmont College Caucus April 15.

Board approved Social Studies interim end-of-course examinations pursuant to Senate Bill 165, enacted March 2012, for American History and Government courses.

Board approved a resolution recommended by the Ohio School Boards Association in opposition to the state’s proposal to include additional voucher programs in the state budget proposal. OSBA objects to vouchers for charter and non-public schools at public school expense. The motion will be sent to the governor’s office.

Board approved renewing a contract with Sheakley UniService, Inc. for unemployment services at an annual rate of $300.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com