Shadyside BOE approves contract

SHADYSIDE – Superintendent John Haswell’s five-year contract was unanimously approved by the board of education at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

The contract was retroactive from Aug. 1, 2016, and is effective until Aug. 31, 2021. The vote was necessary because Haswell resigned from his additional role as principal of the high school in November, and his contract needed to reflect the change.

The board also accepted the resignation of Haswell’s wife, Melanie, as the varsity cheering coach, prom adviser and student council adviser, effective June 1. High school guidance counselor Ken Steiner’s resignation was also accepted by the board, effective at the end of the current school year.

Steiner has been at Shadyside for five years, after he spent 27 years at Wheeling Park high School and a total of 43 years in education. Steiner said the reason he is leaving is the pressure the Ohio Department of Education’s testing protocol is placing on the students, parents, faculty and staff at Shadyside.

The board also approved:

– The transfer of $52,489.92 from the permanent improvement account to debt service in order to accommodate the payment for Ohio House Bill 264, in which the state legislature guarantees savings on utilities will offset the cost of facility upgrades;

– Installation of IP Interior/Exterior Dome Cameras at all three Shadyside Local School District buildings by Acuity-vct at a cost of $11,349.00; and

– A one-time purchase of $17,614 for Board Works K-12 School Suite, a supplemental kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum enhancement tool for teachers.

Matt Merryman also received approval to take his sixth grade class on an overnight trip to Washington, D.C., in May.

The next regularly scheduled board of education meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. March 15 in the board room of the high school.