ST. CLAIRSVILLE - St. Clairsville/Richland Superintendent of Schools Walter Skaggs reported measurable progress at the district's new elementary school playground complex during Wednesday's monthly meeting of the Board of Education.
Skaggs noted phase one of the project is nearing completion and praised area businesses and residents for integral financial aid.
"It's important to note we've received $10,000 in donations. Obviously, we're very indebted to those who have stepped up and those who have made pledges to make this a reality. When completed, this expansive playground will benefit generations of young children throughout our district for years."
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PHASE ONE of a multi-purpose playground project continues at St. Clairsville Elementary. Over $10,000 in donations have been received for the complex which will dramatically upgrade and further enhance recreation opportunities for hundreds of children in the district.
Skaggs reported the project's outdoor classroom is complete in addition to a new multi-purpose field with soccer nets. Electric and security lights are being installed and the current pavilion is being refurbished.
Additionally, extensive mulching is being conducted with funding exclusively a result of financial donations.
The project includes installation of new swings, slides and a conventional cross climber. A lawn amphitheater, nature trail and additional play areas are also in the works.
In other district news, Skaggs indicated overall test scores for the 2011-12 school year were good. The high school passed all areas of the OGT. The middle and elementary schools passed in all but two areas of the OAA.
"I'm very proud of the efforts the staff put into preparing our students," Skaggs remarked. "We know there is always room for improvement and specific areas have been targeted in our OIP goals."
The district reported $4,213.05 in donations from area businesses and other sources. "As usual, we're pleased to accept these donations which will serve several needs," Skaggs stated.
The treasurer's report indicated a modest increase in school lunches (from $2.50 to $2.75) for the 2012-13 calendar year. Also approved was the renewal of Medical Mutual of Ohio as the district's major medical insurance provider. The 2012-13 rate reflects a five percent increase for both single and family coverage.
Skaggs and the board accepted the resignations of Dan and Luana Palimetakis, elementary teachers who are relocating to North Carolina. "We certainly wish Dan and Luana all the best. At the same time, we'll miss their many contributions to our district."
Additionally, Mr. Steven Hicks was approved as a high school chemistry teacher, also a grades 5-9 science teacher for the 2012-13 school year.
Also announced was the reorganization of the Red Devil Moms. The organization will now be known as the Red Devil Club.
Gibson may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org