BOE prepares for school year

EAST LIVERPOOL – Routine personnel and financial matters dominated Monday night’s school board meeting as the district prepares for the upcoming school year with a new superintendent at the helm.

Superintendent James Herring attended at his last regular board meeting, having tendered his resignation in February and being expected to finish his time with the district by using his vacation time in July.

His replacement, Dr. Melissa Watson, will assume the superintendent duties July 1 under a consultant contract with the district that was approved during a special meeting last week.

No reference to his impending leave-taking was made by Herring or board members during the meeting.

The board accepted a bid from River Valley Health Partners/East Liverpool City Hospital to provide athletic training, occupational therapy and physical therapy services for three years, beginning July 1.

The first year of the contract, athletic training will cost $7,300; OT, $45 per hour; and PT, $35 per hour. That will increase to $7,519; $46.35; and $36.05 the second year and to $7,745; $47.74; and $37.13 the final year.

Board member Brian Allen abstained from the voting; he is employed by the hospital.

Resignations accepted included those of Meaghan Manning as North Elementary intervention specialist; Janet Lucas, Westgate teachers’ aide; and Hali DeSarro, 8th grade volleyball coach.

Amber Thompson was hired as a third grade teacher at LaCroft Elementary.

Gregg Harding was hired as Job Training intervention specialist at the high school.

Alaina Felgar-Cornfield was hired as band instructor for both extra-curricular and summer.

The contract of Jimmy Joe Savage as sports information director was revised to reflect his contract from the 2013-2014 school year.

In financial matters, the board approved a $16,027 transfer to the athletic department to cover the cost of transportation, which Treasurer Todd Puster said after the meeting has been done in the past.

Renewal of the maintenance agreement for technology systems and equipment from Data Serv for $45,316 was approved, with Puster saying the cost is $5,000 less than last year due to employee Nate Aldrich “going through it with a fine tooth comb.”

At the meeting’s end, board President Janice Martin asked members to ponder the feasibility of changing regular meeting nights from 6 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays to the second and fourth Thursdays, which will be decided at the next regular meeting.