Ferry school signs lease

MARTINS FERRY The board of education signed a lease agreement for mineral rights during Monday night’s meeting. After an executive session with Geary Battistelli, president and CEO of Energy Environmental Enterprise, the school board agreed to approve a lease with Gulfport Energy for 8.81 acres at $6,750 per acre for a total of $59,521.50 with 20 percent royalties.

Superintendent Dirk Fitch noted that the acres are located around the football field. Leases with other available acres in rural areas of the district have been signed with XTO Energy.

In other matters, Fitch reported that he and the principals have begun utilizing the new evaluation system. Self-assessments were completed last week, with goals to be completed.

For teachers it is a pilot project, with two from each building currently participating.

Fitch also reported enrollment at 1,448 students, an increase of two more than last year. The district has seen an increase by 38 in open enrollment since last year.

In matters of personnel, the board accepted the resignation of Brian Best as eight grade girls’ basketball coach effective immediately. Josh Cusick was approved as eighth grade girls’ basketball coach.

Barbie McKeegan was approved as the ninth grade cheerleading coach, effective immediately, and Kimberly Goddard as a substitute teacher for the 2013-14 school year.

The board also approved the resignations of Jerry Magistro as ninth grade girls’ basketball coach and Scott Roth as head varisty wrestling coach, effective immediately.

Danielle Reasbeck was approved as reserve girls’ basketball coach and Brandon Shane as seventh grade girls’ basketball coach. Sherri Eimer was approved as a volunteer assistant cheerleading coach and Scott Roth as a volunteer wrestling coach, all effective immediately.

Jodi Jackfert was approved to attend the Ohio Schools Council, Legal Hotline 2013 Fall Seminar, Oct. 15 at Warrensville Heights.

Pamela Becca will attend resident educator mentor training Oct. 16 at New Philadelphia.

In other matters, an aide will accompany buses on morning and noon runs to assist with several children with special needs. The position is five hours per day.

The board approved the freshman class annual field drip to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

Board members approved five days of unpaid leave for Leiann Cline.

The board approved a personal service agreement for St. Mary’s School in contract with Ronda Dudzik to provide Title I services.

Joseph Lovell was approved to attend the OSBA fall conference.

The board approved $7,600 for the district to continue working with the Belmont County Juvenile Court truancy program.

Board members approved receiving a supplemental appropriation for the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities Grant in the amount of $5,000.

Board approved Sheakley as third party administrator for the district’s Workers’ Compensation for a fee of $1,360. The treasurer reported the fee is 10 percent lower than the prior administrator, a total of $40.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com