Shadyside will not consolidate

SHADYSIDE?– At this week’s board of education meeting, Superintendent John Haswell offered a rebuttal to the suggestions made in letters to the editor that Shadyside consider consolidation.

Haswell researched various consolidated school districts throughout the area to see whether they had passed any levies to help with finances in recent years, and put together a document to show which ones had.

In 2013, Buckeye Local, Buckeye Trail and Conotton Valley all have emergency levies on the ballot. Edison, Frontier, River, Monroe, and Caldwell all have operational levies on their 2013 ballot. On the Ohio side of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference there are 14 consolidated school districts; nine are on the ballot for 2013, and all of them have been on the ballot within the last eight years. The average amount of money on the levies is $8.6 million. Shadyside is asking for $4.61 million dollars. Haswell’s point was simply that financial woes are not solved by consolidation. “In my opinion, our board of education has done its fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayer by not considering consolidation,” Haswell wrote.

Certification for coaches and volunteers in the athletic department was a topic discussed. Athletic Director John Triveri said that he will not be turning in pay slips for coaches who have not completed one or all of the various paperwork that needs to be submitted. This could mean a background check, CPR certification, a concussion course, pupil activity, or a fundamentals of coaching class. “How do we address coaches that are not 100% complete, and they’re getting ready to start?” Triveri asked. The Board agreed that potential coaches and volunteers would need to be done with certification and paperwork, or at least pending, to be approved in the future.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Report cards will be sent out this Friday.

The Board accepted the resignation of Nadine Ortiz, Spanish teacher, for May of 2014, and approved the hiring of Jim Stefan as a bus driver, starting Oct. 28. The addition of a new bus stop at 134 Main Street in Powhatan was approved.

The date of graduation has been changed from Thursday, May 22 to Sunday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. This means the early dismissal that was planned for the 22 will be cancelled.

The next regular board of education meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.

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