Barnesville BOE discusses services for at-risk youth

T-L Photo/KAILEY CARPINO Adam Quirk, treasurer, left, and Superintendent Micah Fuchs of the Barnesville Exempted Village School District discuss services for at-risk youth at Thursday’s meeting.

BARNESVILLE — Belmont County Juvenile Court Judge Albert E. Davies spoke at the Barnesville Exempted Village School District Board of Education meeting Thursday to discuss ways the Juvenile Court can help at-risk youth.

The court currently offers the Concentrated Conduct Adjustment Program, or C-CAP, as an alternative to in-school suspension.

The hands-on probation program requires the students to complete service projects such as community cleanups.

The court also offers behavioral health services for students.

Davies also discussed the Staying Clean Club, a drug prevention program offered to all districts in the county through the juvenile court system. Students in middle schools and high schools can volunteer to be members of the club and participate in random drug testing throughout the school year. The program is designed to help students not give in to peer pressure to use illegal drugs.

The court also offers a parent education program in the summer for families with youth in the court system.

Davies said the court also plans to sponsor a motivational speaker, “Derek Clark: The Rapping Dad,” who will visit the public schools in Belmont County.

In other news, the board of education received and accepted donations from several local community members and organizations including $5,048 from Thomas Sowers for basketball hoops at the elementary school; $200 from the Misner family, owners of the Dairy Queen in Barnesville; $176 from David Stephens for student lunch accounts; and $100 from Tom and Cathy Butler for student lunch accounts.

The board also approved Michael Aberegg and Clinton Abbott to be volunteer junior high wrestling coaches, Danielle Anderson to be the volunteer swim coach and Troy Fitzpatrick to be the volunteer boys’ basketball coach. The paperwork is still pending for all of the volunteer coaches. The board also approved a one-year supplemental contract for Dennis Thompson to be the junior high basketball coach.

The board also approved after-school tutors for the 2023-24 school year at the rate of $25 per hour. The after-school tutors for the middle school will be Jamie Carpenter, Alesa Stephens, Matt Johnson and Steve Fisher. The after-school tutors for the elementary school will be Heather Dornon, Mindy Acton, Jamie Bauman and Ashley Campbell.

The board approved Hailey VanFossen as a substitute cook for the school year and Ashley Carpenter as a substitute floater, meaning that she will not be assigned to a specific classroom. The paperwork for both substitutes is still pending.

The board also approved Mercy Phillips to be the after-school detention monitor for the elementary school during this school year and Lena Greenwood to be the detention monitor for the middle school. The positions will be on an as-needed basis.

The board also accepted the retirement of Mark Hilliard, economics, history, social studies and dual enrollment teacher. He plans to retire at the end of the school year on May 24, 2024.

The next regular board meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the middle school cafetorium. For more information, visit bevsd.org.


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