St.C. school board deals with light agenda

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The St. Clairsville-Richland City School District faced a light agenda Monday morning for its regular monthly meeting, the first of 2014.

Superintendent Walt Skaggs reported the door installation – being done of Bedway Development Corp. – is nearly complete, with a few items remaining on the punch list. Installation of new elementary windows is also slated to start this week.

In addition, Skaggs said the new lighting project in the main high school gym is expected to be completed today. He said the new lights contain more efficient bulbs and should reduce electric costs.

Under personnel, Michelle Davidson was approved as an education aide, while Christa Truchan was approved as a mentor to Katie Williams. Dan Howard was authorized as a volunteer for the wrestling program for the current season.

Skaggs reminded board members a parent presentation on social networking, smart communication and the law will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday in the middle school auditorium. Erica Gump, child and family advocate from Harmony House, will lead the discussion. A similar presentation will be given next week to high school and middle school students next week.

Treasurer Amy Porter detailed four donations made recently to school organizations. They were – American Legion Post 159 to the high school band ($500); and Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary ($100), East Richland Friends Church ($200) and Thursday Music Club ($100), all to vocal music.

The board also approved the following money matters – the annual Ohio School Board Association Services Agreement for Ohio Policy Service ($1,500); the annual membership with the Education Tax Policy Institute ($1,000); payment of a purchase order to Steubenville High School for the OHSAA playoff game ($3,149.90); and the establishment of the Middle School Gifted Program Fund and the activity budget for the 2013-14 school year.

The board welcomed Dorothy Vannest, program director for the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center’s After School Achievement Program (ASAP). Vannest spoke to board members about a grant that funds an afterschool study/tutor program the district plays hosts to in the middle school for students in grades 6-8.

Skaggs told the Board plans are in place to have another active shooter drill next week. The district is an active participant in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate).

TJ Stewart, a St. Clairsville police offer, presented options for dealing with student safety.

The board’s next regular meeting is slated to begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12

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