Students honored at BOE meeting

CALCUTTA — Several Beaver Local Elementary students were honored during Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting by the Calcutta Lions Club for “positive attitudes and behaviors.”

The Lions Club presented awards for student proficiency for elementary school students, and recognized students for items such as strong character, good attendance, work habits, listening skills, citizenship and caring behavior. Students were nominated by classroom teachers and the elementary art teacher, and 13 students received honors.

Elementary principals Ashley Weber and Brianne Hall introduced the students and read comments about the students written by the teachers. Nine of the 13 honorees were present at the meeting, and posed with the Board of Education members after accepting the honor.

Along with the Lions Club, the Leo Club members also attended the meeting and provided information about their club, which currently includes 84 children, three of whom are high school students from Beaver Local who serve as officers for the club.

Several of the projects mentioned by the Leo Club include park cleanup, the veterans appreciation picnic held each summer, the precious moments nursing home visitations, assistance to the FISH program in East Liverpool, and the ringing of the bells for the Salvation Army in December.

In other business:

– A representative from Johnson Controls spoke with the board to discuss a proposal for a service agreement for three years. The agreement price for the first year is $53,313, and will look to handle maintenance on equipment four times a year per warranty. Following discussions from the board members, the board approved the agreement with a 4-0 vote, with member Lance Shultz absent.

— The board approved a snow plowing contract with Pancake and Sons Nursery for the 2016-17 school year. Per the agreement, the cost to plow three inches of snow or less is $780 including salt, while the cost to plow three inches and above is $925 with salting. The board also approved the planned eighth-grade field trip to Washington, D.C., which will take place May 19-21, 2017.

— In personnel matters, the board approved 65 Parent-Teacher Organization volunteers for the elementary school, and also approved five athletic volunteers: Bill Croxall for boys and girls basketball, Rick Shilling for wrestling, and Joe Carr, Brandon Ward and Amanda Ferguson for indoor track. Supplemental contracts were also approved for Sarah Lowe and Jason Roberts for middle school girls basketball.

— Among personnel changes, the board approved the hiring of Laura Salyers as custodian and a contract for 211 days at step zero, retroactive to Nov. 1, 2016. Three substitutes were also approved, with those being Melissa Antonio for the cafeteria, Jill Kinsey as substitute teacher and Brittany Gamble as a substitute paraprofessional. A salary change was approved for Deborah McWilliams, who will move from a Bachelors 150 pay scale to a Masters pay scale starting in the second semester. In addition, the board approved a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) request for Nicole Zetts effective Oct. 3, 2016, due to the birth of a child.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the multimedia room of the K-12 campus on Bell School Road.