Edison teachers receive ‘Best Practice Grants’

Teachers in the Edison Local School District who received Best Practice Grants include (from left) Kathy Ramsey of John Gregg Elementary, James Evans of Edison High and Mindy Carpenter, also of John Gregg, with Patty Ferrell, a coordinator at Jefferson County ESC. (Submitted photo)

HAMMONDSVILLE — Three teachers in the Edison Local School District will have some funding in hand to promote education after receiving mini-grants for their learning projects.

During the Edison Local Board of Education meeting on Nov. 17, Patty Ferrell, a coordinator for of the Jefferson County Educational Service Center, announced that Mindy Carpenter and Kathy Ramsey of John Gregg Elementary and James Evans of Edison High School were awarded 2016-17 Best Practice Grants from JCESC.

Each teacher will gain $600 mini-grants to aid with instruction at their respective schools, and Carpenter plans to purchase reading material for literacy and intervention while Ramsey will acquire a xylophone to enhance her music program and Evans will purchase a new camera to enhance capabilities in photojournalism.

Carpenter’s plan will benefit some 60 students by purchasing a Megawords Resource Room Set for literacy and intervention. The set will provide quality material to read and help increase fluency, accuracy and comprehension to improve reading and phonetic skills. An increased interest among students in learning to play the xylophone spurred

Ramsey’s project, which she said has similarities to the piano. The instrument would be purchased with additional school funding and intends to reach those students who normally would not be able to afford lessons outside the school. It would benefit about 400 pupils. Meanwhile, Evans plans to upgrade photojournalism equipment for his English/Media class to assist about 65 students directly and indirectly benefit the entire student body. He will purchase a DSLR camera to improve the ability to take and use yearbook-quality photos and to learn the aspects of photo composition to enhance the quality of yearbook spreads.

In other action, officials:

— Heard from Edison Junior High student Emma Phillips about her participation this past summer in the 2016 National Youth Leadership Forum’s Explore STEM program in Boston, Mass. Phillips, the daughter of Jim and Jamie Phillips of Amsterdam, was nominated by her sixth-grade teacher Jodi Connelly while at John Gregg Elementary and attended the program on July 25-30. While there, she attended the forum’s interacted curriculum, simulation exercises, and skills development workshops pertaining to robotics, careers in engineering or medicine, public health, and environmental science and technology, among other topics;

— Approved Paws Pantry at EHS received donations from Apex Environmental, LLC, the Irondale United Methodist Church Women’s organization, and Stanton Ruritan Club No. 1141. The Paws Pantry concept is the brainchild of EHS junior Hope Cronin, who got the idea while attending the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program at Youngstown State University this summer. Cronin, the daughter of Paul and Sheri Cronin of Hammondsville, hopes to assist needy students by including pantries at Stanton, EHS, and John Gregg Elementary. The goal is for students to visit the pantries anonymously and gather supplies they might need, including soap, shampoo, non-perishable food items and gently used clothes;

–Approved supplemental contracts for Bill Koehnlein, elementary wrestling; Zach Smith, volunteer swimming; and Anthony Bell, junior high wrestling;

–Approved additions to the classified substitute list, including Vicki Waggoner as cook;

–Approved additions to the county substitute teacher list, including Lauren Gooch and Shelby Richards, RNs; Joshua Fordham, Spanish grades PreK-12; Jeremy Miller, math and science grades 4-9; Tonya Jones, grades PreK-3; and Allison Bertha and April Decker as short-term subs for general education;

–Accepted a resignation from part-time assistant technology coordinator Chris Bennett and later named Tyler Roush as Bennett’s replacement;

–Accepted a resignation from teacher Michael Bernhart for purposes of retirement at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year;

–Approved the disposition of a wrecked bus which had 156,000 miles and accepted an Agriculture Education Fifth Quarter grant for $4,195;

–Accepted a bid from AB Specialties, for a window/door replacement project at Edison High School and Stanton.

–Accepted a bid from Joe Dickey Electric for an electrical upgrade at Edison High School.

–Heard from Superintendent Bill Beattie about the upcoming Close Up program in Washington, D.C.

Teachers in the Edison Local School District received $600 Best Practice Grants from the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for their educational projects. Pictured are (from left) Kathy Ramsey of John Gregg Elementary, James Evans of Edison High School and Mindy Carpenter, also of John Gregg, with Patty Ferrell, a coordinator at JCESC. (Submitted photo)