Coaches granted extended contracts with village schools

WELLSVILLE – In addition to a trio of new hires, a pair of multi-year coaching contracts were approved during the Wellsville Board of Education’s regular meeting on Monday evening.

Longtime Wellsville High School boys basketball head coach, David “Bug” Thompson, and WHS head girls basketball coach, Ed Swogger, were both granted three-year contracts, which begin with the 2014-15 school year.

According to President Ed Bauer, board members had previously thought they could only give single-year contracts to non-certificated personnel. “We have never given our coaches anything but one-year contracts because they weren’t within the system,” Bauer said.

Research by Chris Amato and Tom Brophey revealed that this was not the case, however. With the misunderstanding cleared, board members approved the new, three-year contracts unanimously (except for Mike Cook, who was absent).

In addition to Thompson and Swogger, the following coaches and advisors were approved for the coming school year: Janele Spann as varsity/reserve cheerleader advisor, Ron Busby and Sam Pruden as football volunteers, Lonnie Fields as boys assistant basketball coach and John Stoakes as basketball volunteer.

Three new members of the teaching staff also met with unanimous board approval. They include Darlene Henry, who will serve as an intervention specialist at Daw Elementary School, Ryan Sarchet, the new intervention specialist at Garfield Elementary School, and Charles Miller, who will serve as the new district music teacher.

All board members congratulated Swogger, who was present in his capacity as Ohio Association of Public School Employees president, and welcomed the new hires to the district.

Swogger was also present as district maintenance worker and reported on the very unpleasant task of cleaning out Daw’s walk-in kitchen freezer, which had suffered an unknown equipment failure. Discovered earlier in the day by its odor, all of the food stored within the freezer had spoiled. Everything had to be disposed of, which Swogger says filled an entire Dumpster. “It was nasty,” he said with emphasis. “You couldn’t imagine.”

Traina says the freezer unit, which is only a few years old, will be repaired and should not need to be replaced at its age. The cost of the spoiled food has not been calculated, but district Treasurer Eva Elliott says that after food service purchase orders and invoices are calculated, a claim will be filed with the district’s insurance company for the loss.

In other business, board members approved a lease agreement between the district and the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County for the use of a classroom at Daw Elementary School for the operation of its local Head Start program, running from this coming August through May of 2015. The district will only charge the agency for the food that is served to the children during the program.

Superintendent Richard Bereschik said that if the arrangement hadn’t been brokered, the village’s program could have been eliminated entirely. “It’s good for Head Start, it’s good for the kids, and it’s good for us,” he said.

At the meeting’s conclusion, the board entered into executive session for personnel reasons, with no action to be taken afterward. The next board of education meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18.