Ferry schools prep for fall

MARTINS FERRY The Martins Ferry Board of Education held its regular meeting Monday in preparation for the new school year. Superintendent Dirk Fitch gave credit to the summer staff and teachers for their work during the summer months.

Fitch also noted that ALICE buckets have been donated to the classrooms by the East Ohio Regional Hospital Groups and Ohio Valley Medical Center. They will be received by Aug. 18 for the school year’s first work day.

The district is also looking at changes to health benefit rates Oct. 1 when they move from Health Plan and Health Assurance to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. They will enjoy some rate savings with the same plan.

Board accepted the resignation of Paul Matuska as a Study Table monitor effective immediately. The Study Table offers a place for Middle School students to study between sports practice. The position will be split between Kim Appolloni and Greg Steele.

Also, the board entered into an agreement with JP Mohler, LLC for a refund on fuel purchases during the 2014-2015 school year. They will look into saving fuel costs.

“Anything we can do to save some funds, make some wise decisions on money, we’re going to take a look at,” Fitch said. “Anything will help in the long haul.”

They will split the savings for the first year.

In matters of employment, board approved the hiring of Ryan Cagot as an Intervention Specialist effective the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

Board motioned to hire Kyle Fitch as an Intervention Specialist at the Middle School effective Jan. 5, 2015, Shelly Lewicki, Shaye Zeakes and Jennifer Olson as substitute teachers for the 2014-15 school year.

Board accepted the resignation of Carmella Twardoski as an elementary cafeteria worker effective immediately.

Board approved the employment of Josh Taylor as a volunteer cross country coach and Terri Materkoski as a substitute educational aide.

In new business, board approved the bus schedule for the 2014-15 school year.

Board Member Joe Lovell was appointed a delegate for the annual OSBA business meeting.

Board approved At-Will Employee Contracts for the central office and 2014-15 tuition guidelines.

Board approved a pre-school services contract with the Community Action Commission for the 2014-15 school year.

Board approved a personal service agreement with Ashley Chlon for tutoring services for St. Mary’s School.

Board considered approving a personal service agreement with Kristen Honecker for tutoring services for St. Mary’s School.

Board approved health benefit rates Oct. 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.

Board approved therapy services agreement with Easter Seals.

Board received a letter of thanks for the Chamber of Commerce for the use of school grounds for the recent sky show.

The next board of education meeting will be moved to the high school library to recognize OGTs and OAAs.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com