Personnel focus of BL board meeting

LISBON – Personnel matters dominated the Beaver Local Board of Education regular meeting on Monday evening.

They included a pair of rehirings of retired employees, which included Leslie Gabbert, an English teacher at Beaver Local High School, and Cathleen Keenan, a language arts teacher at Beaver Local Middle School, for the upcoming school year. They were approved by the board unanimously.

A place on the agenda had been prepared in the case of public comments on the retire/rehire of Gabbert and Keenan, but a lack of attendees made the time unnecessary.

Supplemental contracts were also approved for the 2014-15 school year for the following posts: Eric Lowe, sports program coordinator; Brian Taylor, assistant soccer coach; Steve Mercer and Charles Dolnosich, assistant high school football coaches; Nathan Harper, middle school football coach; and Kelly Jones, cross country coach.

At the same time, one supplemental contract for the coming year was rescinded. Ed Rankin, assistant high school football coach, opted out of the coming season for personal reasons, according to Superintendent Kent Polen. “That was all his choice,” he said. Polen stressed that Rankin was popular with the players, but a scheduling conflict arose making his participation impossible.

“Something came up where he couldn’t coach. He couldn’t commit the time this year,” Polen said.

In district food service, supplemental contracts for the new year were approved for food service coordinator Joy Bock, and workers Tammy Fox (high school), Pam Barrett (Calcutta Elementary), Karen Hickman (Rogers Elementary) and Sue Baumgarner (West Point Elementary).

A group of change orders for the K-12 school construction project were approved by board members. They included an added $6,011.97 for a change in joist sizes in the student dining area, $2704.28 for joist seat extensions and $6,354.06 for additional bearing plates to handle the adjustment.

A trio of deductions were also among the changes, however. The decision was made to skip the prime coat on the parking lot as it exists now, for a deduction of $35,000 off the site package total. Polen says this step will be undertaken later on in the construction process instead. A sum of $7,073.50 was deducted from the undercut allowance, which Polen defined as providing for extra backfill in case substandard soil had been discovered somewhere on the site during the early stages. The lack of sod lining in the drain swales resulted in a $9,013 deduction, with the idea to lay the sod to be revisited later.

In other business:

* The board approved renewal of an agreement with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center to provide school psychology services during the 2014-15 school year, at a cost of $101,821.