BL members sworn in

LISBON – Beaver Local district treasurer Robert Barrett swore in three members of the board of education at the district’s first meeting of the year on Wednesday evening.

They included Jerry Barnett, who takes his first seat at the board following his election last November, Greg Eisenhart, who was re-elected last November after a year-long appointment, and Lance Shultz, returning the board after an absence of several years.

Eisenhart alone was nominated, by current president John Campbell, to serve as president of the board for the coming year. The vote was unanimous, with Eisenhart – who abstained – casting the only non-yes.

After accepting the president’s gavel from Campbell, Eisenhart called for vice presidential nominations. Barnett made the first nomination for Shultz, with Campbell subsequently nominating Bill Croxall for the post. Following a split vote, Bill Croxall won the vice presidency.

Shultz volunteered to act as district liaison to the Ohio School Board Association, keeping board members informed of pending budgets, legislation and other educational matters being decided in Columbus. Campbell was appointed student achievement liaison by Eisenhart. Campbell will also continue on as the district’s representative to the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the submission of a five-year renewal levy to the county auditor for the levy to appear on the May 6 ballot in the Beaver Local School District. The levy, which dates back to 1994, was last renewed by voters in 2009.

As before, the millage of the levy will be determined by the number of taxpayers living within the district vis-a-vis the target revenue of $1.2 million. The first year, it was 10.3 mills; by 2009, it was nearly halved to 5.3 mills due to population growth within the district.

It was emphasized that this is a renewal levy, not a new tax, for the daily operations of the district and will not be used in the construction of the new school, as all necessary funds have already been allocated.

Supplemental contracts were approved for Leslie Gabbert, theatrical supervisor assistant; Tammy Fox, high school foodservice; Sue Baumgarner, West Point foodservice; and Stephanie Coie, who replaces Michael Spinella as head girls basketball coach at the high school following his resignation last month.

At 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, a meeting will be held for contractors bidding on various jobs to be completed in construction of the new K-12 school on Bell School Road. Shultz invited members of the public to attend and learn more about the project. “It’s a great time to meet some of the contractors that are coming in,” he said. “That’s a great opportunity for local people.” The next meeting of the board of education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at the high school.