Beaver Local to RIF two positions

EAST LIVERPOOL — Once the school year ends, two staff positions in the Beaver Local School District will be cut as the district watches its finances.

Citing financial reasons, the Beaver Local Board of Education made the decision Monday to enact a reduction in force (RIF) at the end of the 2016-17 contract year, which will result in the eliminations of an eighth-grade teaching position and an executive secretary position. The RIF is in accordance with the Beaver Local Education Association (BLEA) Master Agreement and requirements of the Ohio Revised Code.

Superintendent Eric Lowe said it was a decision he didn’t want to make, but something he had to do based on the district’s finances and the pending loss of nearly $500,000 in funding from the state through Gov. John Kasich’s two-year state budget. Preliminary findings within the state budget were revealed last month.

“We have lots of good people in the district and it affects those people, and it’s not something we ever look forward to dealing with and it’s a challenge,” Lowe said. “However, with our current finances, we have to constantly re-evaluate programs and things we offer, and with that possible budget horizon looking more bleak, we got to continue to look at ways to try to save finances.”

In other personnel matters, 33 staff members received contract renewals or contract continuances as approved by the board.

Those who received a certified one-year extension — expiring in 2018 — were Julie Agnew, Toni DeBord, Alyssa Forsythe, Matthew Kidd, Katie Krawchyk, Aimee Little, Jonathan McCullough, Stacy McNally, Erica Miller, Kari Ritter, Bethanne Rettos and Alyson Yajko.

Those receiving a three-year extension — expiring in 2020 — were Jenniffer Awana, Beth Barber, Gianni Colaizzi, Jessica Darrah, Carly Flint, Robert Flint, Julie Jennings, Renee McRoberts, Lori Moore, Amanda Nelson, Kathryn Neville, Jason Pacanowski, Michele Rhodes, Sue Stromp, Craig Voorhees and Karolynn Walgate.

Receiving classified two-year contracts were Kitty Javens and Laura Salyers, while three-year contracts were awarded to EMIS coordinator Robin Curran and head executive secretary Debra Miller.

Also through recommendation by Lowe, and having fulfilled all requirements according to Ohio Revised Code, Melissa Miller will receive a continuing contract effective this August.

In addition, 14 volunteers were approved by the board, consisting of Jason Wolski and Tony Savina for baseball; Alison Ash for Academic Challenge; and Ashley Johnson, Cheryl Pierce, Tim Salsberry, Amy Virden, China Ayers, Diana Crea, Lori Ferrainolo, Abby Francis, Jolene Lantz, Erin Pusateri and Mary Perorazio as parent volunteers for the elementary school.

The board also approved the retirement of Title I teacher Susan Richman, effective May 26; the approval of Rachel Martin as a substitute food service employee; and granted a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) request from Cheryl Wright due to family illness.

The above personnel matters were approved with a 4-0 vote, with board member Jerry Barnett abstaining.