Southern talks safety, personnel

For The Review

SALINEVILLE — Southern Local school board members learned about potential safety-related plans during the Nov. 21 monthly meeting.

Superintendent John Wilson said officials were reviewing potential costs for door locks in the classrooms while he was also eyeing a potential drug court program for student awareness.

“We met as a safety committee in early November to evaluate our safety plan. Right now we’re reviewing types of door barricades to lock inside the rooms. We’re looking at the possibility of purchasing some,” Wilson said.

He planned to have a meeting with one potential company and officials will look at prices before making a decision.

Wilson also said he spoke to Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Charles Amato, the Family Recovery Center and law enforcement to possibly present a drug court program in the schools. No timeframe was given but he said it has gained support.

“We discussed having court in the schools to make kids aware of problems in the community,” he added. “It’s a good program.”

Meanwhile, the board approved the hiring of Julie Dowling as a fiscal staff member to work with district Treasurer Greg Sabbato and Assistant Treasurer Debbie Lyle. Her hiring was approved 4-0 with board member Robert Dowling abstaining.

Dowling, of Salineville, has 25 years’ experience in the banking industry and ties to the school district. In addition to her husband being on the school board, she and her family are all SLHS alumni.

“I’m excited,” she said. “I went to school here so it’s good to come back.”

In other matters, the board:

— Heard from SLES Principal Kristy Sampson, who discussed two awards the elementary received from the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership and the Ohio Board of Education for receiving all A’s on the value added measure of the state report card;

— Approved Jimmy Malone as assistant varsity wrestling coach, Mike Skrinjar as junior high wrestling coach, and J.C. Hayes as volunteer wrestling coach effective with the 2016-17 school year;

— Approved a junior high student council field trip May 5-7 to Washington, D.C.;

— Transferred more than $726 from the Science is Fun account to robotics and another $1,000 from the same account to the Science Club;

— Approved substitutes Claire McIntosh as a mechanics helper, Kaitlynn VanDyne and Jody Boyle as paraprofessionals, Dawn Gotshall as secretary and cafeteria worker, and Jada Beagle as a teacher;

— Set the next board meeting for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the district office.