Beaver Local looks to add to bus fleet

CALCUTTA — Another bus may be added to the Beaver Local fleet as the Board of Education approved a resolution during Thursday’s meeting to participate in the Ohio Schools Council (OSC) Cooperative school bus purchasing program.

The OSC program currently is advertising and requesting bids from school districts. In order to participate, districts need to return a survey indicating the desired model of the bus, the number of vehicles requested, and the size of the bus. Other factors include whether it’s diesel or gas-powered and whether or not a wheelchair lift is needed.

Those bids will be opened in May. Deliveries of the winning bids would be filled by May 2018.

According to a survey completed and submitted by the board, the district is seeking one conventional diesel-powered bus with a 72-passenger capacity and no wheelchair lift. The district selected International as its first choice of chassis and body supplier of the bus, while selecting Blue Bird as its second choice.

The bids are due back no later than March 17. An additional round of bids will take place in October in the event any district again wishes to participate.

The motion was approved with a 4-0 vote, with board member Pat Clutter absent.

In other business:

— In personnel matters, the board approved a supplemental contract for Joseph Zirillo to serve as head boys soccer coach, and Matthew Kidd to serve as middle school track coach for the 2017-18 school year.

Zirillo, who has been an assistant boys soccer coach for the past two seasons, succeeded previous coach Mike Hilliard.

Six volunteers were also approved by the board. Those include Bill Croxall, Sam Cianni and Katie Neville as softball volunteers, Penny Clark as a PTO volunteer, and Tom Cunningham and Alison Ash as Academic Challenge volunteers.

Five substitutes were also approved for the remainder of the school year, including substitute teachers Arthur Lavigne and Arthur Cline, and substitute cooks Shana Lawrence, Pam Lucas and Lisa Cibula.

Also approved were three requests for a leave of absence. Those included Sharon Barrett, effective Jan. 30; Nicole Elick, effective Feb. 6; and Vince Martinelli. Barrett and Elick were approved for Family and Medical Leave due to health issues, while Martinelli will go on unpaid medical leave for the remainder of the school year.

The board also OK’d a $4,800 stipend for Brianne Hall, who serves as Title 1 Coordinator in the district.

In addition, the board approved the retirement of Nancy Springer, a bus driver with the district, who concluded her career Feb. 1.

All of the personnel matters above received a 3-0 vote, with Clutter absent and Croxall abstaining.

— The board approved the packet for students who wish to participate in 2017 prom festivities. This year’s prom, with the theme “The Golden Age of Hollywood,” will return to Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown after being held last year at the K-12 facility on Bell School Road The prom is May 12 with after-prom activities the next day at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh.

— The board also approved the calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The first day of classes for 2017-18 is Aug. 28, and the final day May 31.

The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. March 13 at the K-12 building’s multimedia room .