St. C. honors former T-L staffer

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education paid homage to a pair of esteemed alumni during its monthly meeting Wednesday.

The late Rich ”Hoot” Gibson and Bob Abel were recognized by Superintendent Walt Skaggs at the start of the meeting.

Gibson, longtime scribe for The Times Leader who died last month, graduated from St. Clairsville High School in 1970.

Skaggs said Gibson, who will be inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame on Saturday, was not only a great friend to St. Clairsville, but to the entire Ohio Valley.

”He never showed his bias (to St. Clairsville), but he was a very proud alumnus,” Skaggs said.

Abel, at 1949 St. C. graduate, founded the school’s Hall of Fame Committee among his many contributions to the district.

Also during the meeting, the board recognized a pair of retiring faculty members – Rick Oberdick and Mary Carter.

Skaggs later updated board members regarding a plethora of repairs being made to district buildings.

He said rooms that sustained water damage at the elementary building were retiled and plastered. Also, new fire retardant tile was installed in the cafeteria, while the kindergarten bathroom ceiling is being repaired.

The drainage system behind the elementary building is in the process of being completely redone, while the gymnasium roof was repaired in two areas.

Skaggs also reported three new projectors are being installed at the middle school and new software upgrades were installed at the cafeteria. The later was funded through a grant.

The board awarded Bedway Development the door and window replacement bid for the elementary school building project in the amount of $867,225.

The following other recommendations made by Skaggs to the board were also approved:

  • All middle school and high school certified staff certified to serve as Saturday School monitors at a rate of $50 per 4-hour block as needed.
  • Agreement with City of St. Clairsville to provide resource officer for 2013-14 school year.
  • Agreement with Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center effective July 1, 2013.
  • Business associate agreement with Schwendeman Agency, Inc. to ensure compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
  • Athletic training services agreement with Physiotherapy Corporation through July 2014.
  • Contract with West Liberty University to allow nursing students to observe and/or participate in a learning experience in facility through July 31, 2014.
  • The 2013-14 elementary school handbook.
  • Payment (from the high school cheering account) of $350 to Mallory Cooper for covering cheering for last year’s football and basketball games.

Numerous personnel items were approved. They include: Kala Mowery (child rearing leave), Cathy Holubeck (auxiliary service secretary at St. Mary’s School), Jena Frye (involuntary transfer to first-grade teacher), Jim Kuhns Jr. and Logan Young (temporary summer maintenance), Donna Thoburn (high school multi-handicapped aide), Linda Maroney (child rearing leave), Amanda Glasure (long-term first-grade substitute), Mary Roberts (log-term third-grade substitute), Andrea Schafer (child rearing leave), Mary Jane Byard-Strain (special education aide resignation), Jennifer Heady (long-term first-grade substitute), Sara Erwin (long-term third-grade substitute), Julie DeNoble (2-hour cafeteria worker).

The following were approved as certified substitutes for the upcoming school year: Melanie Beeson, Kelly Chek, Trevor Ging, Stacey Hall, Jayne Kemo, Amanda Lish, Jason Tazar and Zach Delman.

Lisa Kazmirski was named a volunteer volleyball assistant for this season.

Work continues toward the installation of a new, state-of-the-art scoreboard at Red Devil Stadium. Skaggs said officials have met with electricians and city officials to discuss plans for the venture and permits have been secured. Also, soil samples for compaction tests have been taken.

Wireless access has also been installed at the stadium.

District students return to the classroom Tuesday and in preparation a number of events have been scheduled to help students get acquainted with their surroundings. They include an elementary school open house at 5 today, middle school fifth-grade open house at 5 today and middle school sixth- and eighth-grade open house at 5 p.m. Friday.

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