‘The Reach for the Stars’ gift shop to reopen this weekend



LISBON — The Reach for the Stars gift shop will reopen in Salem this weekend, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Educational Service Center Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn said the people involved with the store and the grant have been working hard to make the transition from the former location in North Lima, to its permanent location at the former Kolby’s store in downtown Salem.

The Reach for the Stars gift shop, which gives students with disabilities a chance to learn how to operate a retail store, opened in April in the Old School Marketplace in North Lima. Now with a new larger location, Vaughn said there were a lot of vendors bringing in merchandise this week. There will also be an art gallery of local artists, some of which are selling their work.

Board President Richard Stoudt said he was there at 8 p.m. one night and vendors were still coming in to get their items set up in the store. He also pointed out how hard everyone there is working to make this happen.

The board purchased the building utilizing a grant back in June. Everything has already been moved from the former location.

A ribbon cutting is planned for today with the grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

In other matters:

— Vaughn said there will be professional development available for educators wanting training on helping young children deal with trauma in their lives. The program will include information provided through Akron Children’s Hospital.

— A replacement will be made to the roof at the ESC starting this week.

— The board approved a contract with the Youngstown City School District to provide home instruction and visually impaired intervention specialist services. The board also approved an agreement with a consultant, Lori Josephson, to provide a introductory workshop; Robin Bishop as a home instructor; Tammy Virden to replace a retiring Audrey McNany; Meledy Dawson as a home instructor; approved the retirement of Dolores Scott; and the renewal of Nicole Moon, Ed Rankin and Angela Morris.

— Finally, the board also approved Raema Gori as a substitute bus driver, and student teachers for the spring, Jordan Behanna, Carli Hochadel, Jill Leininger and Courtney Sattler.