St. C. Board of Ed conducts business

T-L Photo/RICK THORP St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Superintendent Walt Skaggs, left, honors senior Kyle Storer on being named Belmont County’s Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award winner during Wednesday evening’s board meeting.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Administrators of all three St. Clairsville schools presented reports related to their buildings during Wednesday night’s regular meeting of the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District Board of Education.

High school Principal Justin Sleutz, middle school Principal Michael McKeever and elementary Principal Amber Shepherd-Smith gave detailed updates on the various activities and initiatives that have been taking place at their schools during the 2018-19 school year. The trio was joined in the presentation by Christina Sirbaugh, curriculum coordinator.

The three principals expressed their gratitude for the support their schools and staff have received from the administration and parents and said everything they do is a collaborative effort.

Superintendent Walt Skaggs complimented the trio on their work and noted their staffs continue to do more with limited resources. That segued into his report, which included a note that state testing begins March 25. He also state staff members have completed 60 hours of the required Gifted Professional Development.

Skaggs said a second layer of security film has been installed on exterior doors and windows at the schools.

The following personnel items were made– approved Sharon Pastor’s transfer to middle school math teacher; accepted the retirement resignation of Bruce Stiles as middle school guidance counselor, effective at the end of the school year; approved Doug Soukup’s transfer to elementary day shift custodian; approved Jason Baum as teacher for four-week summer Algebra II course; approved Dawna Westlake’s transfer to fourth-grade next year; and accepted the retirement of middle school custodian Paul Kuzma. He’ll step down in June after 43 years.

Supplemental contracts were approved for Missy Gossett (boys and girls tennis assistant coach) and Jami Nelson (varsity track and field co-assistant coach). Paul Pubal (reserve softball coach) and Anthony Skrabak (varsity track and field co-assistant coach) had pupil activity contracts approved, along with Eric Gay (reserve head baseball coach), John Jaskowiak (varsity softball assistant coach) and Kyle Shepherd (middle school track and field coach).

Skaggs told the board he’s received 25-30 applications for the position of athletic director. Kelly Rine, the current AD, will step down in June.

The board accepted the following donations to the athletic department in memory of Ronald Morgan — Gregory and Marla Hinzey, $50; Nancy and Raymond Wagener, $10; Roger Waser, $50; Luella Copeland, $50; Mark Marshalet, $150; Gregory and Sandra Vike, $30; Michael and Pamela Chase, $25; Elsie Duff and Family, $100; Marjorie Willerton, $25; and Louis and Carol Helton, $50.

Other donations made during February included — Diane Kukura (2nd grade class, $255); YourCause (high school principal fund, $20); St. C Boys Soccer Booster Club (boys soccer team, $5,000); Red Devil Club (football uniforms, $9,309); Saints Club (athletic department, $10,000); United Mine Workers of America (softball, $100); Shaheen Law Group LLC (tennis bubble, $250); DPS Sports (tennis bubble, $200).

It was also announced that kindergarten registration will take place next week at the district’s administration building, located behind the high school on Woodrow Avenue. Times are — Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children must be be 5-years-old before Aug. 1 to attend kindergarten. Parents must bring their child’s official state birth certificate, current immunization records, court/custody documents (if applicable), parental identification and proof the family resides in the district. Screening will take place in May, and appointments will be made at time of registration. For more information, call 740-699-2395 or 740-699-2386.

The next board meeting is set for 7 a.m. April 10 at the board office.