No more makeup days, weather permitting

LISBON – It does not appear Lisbon students will have to make up any more snow days, but that could change with the weather.

Superintendent Don Thompson reported at this week’s meeting the bill passed by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor to address the problem of school districts that have used up their allotment of five automatic “calamity” days this winter before districts must begin scheduling makeup days.

Lisbon has taken seven calamity days to date because of the weather, but the board added two contingency days back in February. Thompson said they should not have to make up any more days, weather permitting, of course.

In other action, the board:

– Contracted with Time Warner Cable to provide fiber optic connectivity to the administration offices at a cost of $17,760 and with the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Service Agency to continue providing high-speed Internet service to all buildings from that connection at a cost of $42,780. The district is reimbursed up to 80 percent under E-Rate, a federal program that provides schools affordable access to the Internet and related services.

-Renewed the contract with Land Approach Ltd. of Salem to provide turf maintenance services at the football field for $1,270.

-Renewed the contract with Hayes Lawn Care of Lisbon for mowing services under a two-year contract. The contract restricts Hayes to no more than 21 cuts per year at $400.

– Issued coaching contracts to the following people: Kyle Bing, head boys and girls track coach; Dom DeFilippo, assistant boys track coach; and Melody Allison, assistant girls coach.

– Rehired Scott Gallo as stadium caretaker for another year, at $12 an hour and not to exceed 600 hours and hired Brian Clapsaddle as part-time stadium caretaker for $8.50 an hour, not to exceed 400 hours.

– Accepted the resignation/retirements of first-grade teacher Melinda Belaney and kindergarten teacher Tammy Walker. “What can you say. They have both been very good and very loyal employees over the years,” Thompson said.

– Hired Amanda Backus as custodian under a 17-month contract, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Zach Crothers, who quit to take another job.

– Agreed to participate in early-credit program offered to students by the ITT Technical Institute of Youngstown. Students can enroll before they graduate but will receive credits for classes taken.