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Shadyside eyes new school facility

SHADYSIDE — Shadyside schools Superintendent John Haswell outlined plans for a new $31 million pre-K to 12th-grade facility for the school board this week.

The Shadyside Board of Education held meetings Tuesday and Wednesday via Zoom and teleconferencing. Tuesday’s special morning session yielded special news for the district as board members passed a resolution to enter into the Expedited Local Partnership Program. That resolution allows the district to be on the agenda for the June Ohio Facilities Construction Commission meeting to approve the school project.

It also locks the Shadyside Local School District into its state and local shares of project funding, which include 78 percent state funding and 22 percent local funds.

“Once the OFCC passes the master plan in June, our district has 12 months to secure our local share,” Haswell said.

In March, the district entered into an enterprise zone agreement with PTT Global Chemical America and Daelim Chemical USA that will pay the district $38 million over 19 years if the companies move forward with construction of a proposed ethane cracker plant at Dilles Bottom, according to Haswell. The agreement will become official 30 days after the developers officially announce a decision to build.

“We are looking forward to building our future in the coming years. These are exciting times for the Shadyside Local School District,” Haswell said. “We have gone without new facilities since 1965. We are looking forward to our time in the near future.”

The new school will be constructed at the site of the current Leona Middle School.

Wednesday night’s regular session, meanwhile, focused more on routine and year-end issues as well as personnel.

Board members approved all 63 senior members of the Class of 2020 for graduation. The board also accepted a contract with Wheeling Hospital for a full-time athletic trainer, as well as a contract with Belmont County Student Services for the 2020-21 school year.

In other action Wednesday, the board:

• Approved several teaching and non-teaching contracts as well as high school head coaches for the 2021 school year;

• Approved an anonymous donation in the amount of $11,600 that was used to supply students in the district who did not have access to a device such as an iPad;

• Approved the Ohio School Plan for insurance;

• Approved a contract for oil and gas analysis with Jim Cook;

• Approved the purchase of an infield tarp for the baseball field;

• Approved the Student Wellness plan;

• Approved a list of summer workers;

• Approved the non-renewal of two non-teaching limited contracts;

• Approved hiring Terry Gilham as full-time maintenance and mechanic;

• Accepted the retirement of Dru Meyer as music teacher;

• Approved participation in federal and state programs and grants;

• Approved Mandatory Direct Certification for 2020-21;

• Approved for the treasurer to seek bread and milk quotes.

The school board’s next regular scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m. June 24.

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