St. C. school board deals with personnel

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Personnel matters dominated Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education.

A plethora of financial items, along with an overview of some building repairs and legislative news, also dotted the 25-minute session.

Superintendent Walt Skaggs updated Board members on numerous repair items to the elementary building, including those relating to its doors and windows, the air compressor in its boiler room and replastering in the boys’ first-grade bathroom. It was also noted several plumbing issues had been repaired at the building.

Skaggs also reported a pressure valve on a pump and boiler gate valve at the high school were fixed.

Later, Skaggs informed the Board staff and students have been trained in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), a state-endorsed plan to counter active shooter and violent intruder events.

Skaggs also reported the district has received a $6,000 grant toward $8,500 for emergency radios in each district building.

Board member Michael Fador, also the Board’s legislative liaison, recently returned from two days of sessions in Columbus. Among the hot topics there, he said, is the effort by 45 states, including Ohio, to implement what’s called the Common Core, a new set of educational standards.

Fador told the Board to expect more news to come out regarding the issue in the coming weeks and months. Parent Chris Moore spoke to the Board about her concerns about the plan.

Treasurer Amy Porter detailed numerous donations made during October, most of which were made to the Red Devil Dispatch. Making donations to that endeavor were: Dolores Pytlik ($20), Denise Skaggs ($20), Walt Skaggs ($40), Joyce Zeiher ($20), Lisa Giffin ($20), Greg Bizzarri ($40), Betty Milhoan ($20), Jacob & Sons Meats, Inc. ($50) and the St. C. Education Association ($40).

Mr. Klayko ($10) and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Burk ($45) donated toward the Class of 2021, while Target ($29) and Home & School ($306.67) donated to the Elementary Principal’s Acct. and Elementary Transportation, respectively. Boscov’s donated $500 to the high school band.

Sports donations were made by: Premier Bank & Trust (varsity girls basketball, $125), Scott Neuenschwander Alumni Scholarship (boys’ soccer, $350) and Jenkins Sporting Goods for middle school cross country ($400), high school cross country ($400) and weight room account ($2,000).

Under personnel, Susan Johnson was approved as a preschool education aide for this school year and approval was given for the transfer of Diana Barack from educational aide to special education aide.

The resignation of Missy Gossett as ninth-grade volleyball coach was accepted. Rosa Young was hired as ninth-grade girls’ basketball coach at a salary of $471.50 and Gossett was hired as eighth-grade volleyball coach with a salary of $1,004.

Kathleen Cordner and Elaine Wood were approved as certified substitutes for this school year. Debbie Loeffler, Juliana Sowinski, Laura Patrone and Susan Richardson were brought on as classified substitutes.

Heidi Mooney was granted a supplemental contract as seventh-grade co-team leader.

The following athletic workers for the current school year were approved: Greg Ray, Doug Soukup, Jack Ralston, Rick Ferrell, Bruce Poe, Greg Bosold, Katelin Gandee, Randy Mellott, Ted Ducker, John Tomlan, Allen Glitch, Jon Baugh, Larry Rine and Chester Mick.

Dawn Daubenmeyer and Vic Sauvageot were approved to be paid from IDEA B for instructional staff training.

Board member William Zanders was not in attendance.

The final regular meeting of the Board for the year is scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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