Wilson viewing planned for Havlicek Gymnasium

BRIDGEPORT – It was announced during Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting of the Bridgeport Exempted Village Schools Board of Education meeting that visitation for Charlie Wilson will be held this weekend inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium.

“Due to the abundance of people that expected to attend the visitation, it has been scheduled for our gymnasium,” Superintendent Ted Downing said.

The viewings are scheduled from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday and from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday. A vigil service is planned at 4 p.m. Sunday.

With Wilson’s visitation set for Sunday, the school’s annual band concert has been moved to Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Wilson died Sunday in Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Florida. He was 70 years old.

In other action, Paul D. Mock, Southeast Regional Manager for the Ohio School Boards Association, presented the district with a pair of plaques that Bridgeport students won during the Southeast Region Student Achievement Fair.

The Interactive Media II class had a booth at the state capitol conference. The IDiscover, an interactive media program, is part of the College Tech Prep Initiative, which creates a seamless pathway from high school to college in technical fields.

Also receiving recognition was the Waterford Early Learning program. It showed how students from Bridgeport Elementary School are achieving with Waterford, a computerized reading, math and science curriculum aligned to state and national standards and tailored to each student’s individualized learning needs.

Board of Education President Jodi Harkness and High School Principal Rob Zitzelsberger accepted the certificates on behalf of the students.

Elsewhere, the board also heard from Bridgeport Boosters President Jeff Frey.

Frey, talking on a teleconference call, said the boosters are desperately in need of help.

“Yes, the boosters are still in existence,” he told the board. “However, we have given up fundraisers for football and basketball because we just don’t have enough members to continue. The interest level just isn’t there anymore.”

Frey said a meeting will be held tonight at 7 in the administration building. Nomination of officers is scheduled.

“We need everyone in the district to help us,” Frey continued. “If you know of anyone interested, please let us know.”

Downing and Zitzelsberger said Bridgeport’s situation is no different that any other school district.

“There are so many other groups that raise money for their individual teams,” Zitzelsberger, also the head girls’ basketball coach, noted.

Downing said, “I’ve been involved with boosters clubs for 39 years and what you’re going through is nothing different that any other district.”

Frey said on the average, about five people show up for the meetings.

“Every team has a group that raises money and that is really hurting the boosters clubs,” Harry Grimm, a long-time Bridgeport booster, said.

Elsewhere, the panel unanimously approved the following matters:

  • accept the resignations of Catherine Conrad, Matt Golein and Denny Wojcik at the end of the current school year; the non-renewal of Mario DiBias; and the hiring of Debra Jovicic on a 1-year contract.
  • the resignation of Ashley Talik as middle school intervention specialist and Jr. High cheering coach, effective at the end of the school year.
  • a memorandum of understanding stating that the athletic director position be split into two positions – middle school (7-8) and high school (9-12). The middle school AD will get 5.5% of the pay, with the high school AD receiving 11.5%.
  • the potential graduating class for 2013 as presented by Zitzelsberger.
  • changing the Parent-Teacher Conference on Jan. 20, 2-14 to January 29 and February 27 to march 6 due to monthly server maintenance to Omeresa Progress Book.
  • hiring VHV Asphalt to do the sealing and striping of the main campus and administration building. Also, striping at the new outdoor basketball court. The total cost will be approximately $17,000 and the funding will come from the permanent improvement fund or the maintenance fund.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com