New positions created in efforts to organize transportation consortium

LISBON – In efforts to create a consortium to share transportation costs and issues, the Columbiana County Education Service Center board created three new positions on Monday.

The ESC will be looking to hire a supervisor, either a full-time or two part-time dispatchers and a routing specialist. Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn said for now, Lisbon and Beaver Local schools and the county Board of Developmental Disabilities are joining together to utilize the services.

One of the things that will be offered will be use of routing software to help find the best busing routes for students.

Vaughn said schools will be able to choose which parts of the consortium they wish to participate in, noting some may choose at some point only to utilize the software, but it will help offset the costs.

In other matters before the board:

– Three people who have recently retired are asking to be rehired by the board. A public hearing will be held prior to the next board meeting at 4:30 p.m. June 17 before the board will consider approving the rehiring of Mary Brown, Timothy Garland and Cindy Madej.

– The board voted to create a Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC) special payment plan for retirees, which Vaughn said is similar to a 403B plan.

– The board approved the scrapping of five buses with more than a million miles on them combined. Vaughn said the buses have not been on the road for years and have been being used for parts for other buses until now.

– The board approved employment contracts for several people in the areas of administration, teachers, classroom assistance, instructional consultants and related service personnel. A number of other contracts were not renewed, although Vaughn said once the local schools know about how much funding they will receive this year, many will be rehired.