BOE accepts, returns donation

East Liverpool Schools Treasurer Kathy Jo Laughlin (right) accepted a $600 check Monday night from representatives of the Little Potters Football organization (from left) Vice President Heather Kirby, Secretary Anita Lovett and Athletic Director Bob Ramsey. Not pictured are Little Potters President Tom Lovett and Assistant Athletic Director Shane Foster. The donation was returned by the school board. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

EAST LIVERPOOL — One of two donations received Monday night by the city school district was returned to the donor by the school board.

District Treasurer Kathy Jo Laughlin accepted a $600 check from Bob Ramsey, vice president of the Little Potters Football League, who thanked the board for all it has done for the organization, specifically noting use of Patterson Field for the game between the Little Potters and Little Beavers.

While the board accepted the donation unanimously, during board comments, board member Richard Wolf made a motion to return the $600 to the football organization, saying, “Their money is hard to come by…they can use it better than we can. Those are our kids they’re providing that for.”

His motion was approved unanimously by the board. Ramsey and other Little Potters representatives had left prior to this action.

The board accepted a $4,000 donation from the Class of 2016 toward the cost of directional signs to be installed on the high school campus.

Principal Randy Taylor said the signs will help direct visitors to various buildings, rooms and sites on the campus, which has sometimes been confusing for people.

Following a 10 minute executive session, the board also voted unanimously to deny a grievance by bus driver Traci Scott, who claimed during a Nov. 22 hearing that the district violated the OAPSE contract.

Taylor said it had to do with a conflict arising between Scott’s bus driving position and a cafeteria position she also holds.

Among personnel matters approved by the board was the resignation of second grade teacher Phyllis Wise, with 31 years of service, effective June 30.

Approved as members of a newly created Inter-Rater Team were Donna Ahart, Brooke A. Birch, Julie Cianfarano, Kimberly Creaturo, Megan Gearhart, Emily Gunning, Karen Hazel, Jennifer Miller, Jill Monroe and Sandi Stafford, who will meet no more than two times per month for no more than two hours per session at $25 per hour.

A new American Red Cross Club at the high school was approved, with the board learning that the club plans on fund raising and using the proceeds to help locally or nationally in the event of a natural disaster.

Taylor announced he will hold his first parent advisory committee meeting at 6 p.m. today in the board meeting room at Westgate and said it is not limited to members of the committee, with anyone welcome to attend.

The board voted to hold just one meeting in December, setting it for 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in the board meeting room.