Edison BOE organizes for 2018 season

HAMMONDSVILLE — The Edison Local Board of Education looked to the future of its district and buildings as it organized and held its first regular session for 2018.

President Pro Tempore Scott Lockhart led the session on Jan. 10 where he and newcomers Aaron Richardson and Ron Smyth were sworn into office. Changes were made in leadership with Richardson elected president and Smyth named vice president, while Lisa Bruzzese was re-elected treasurer.

Meanwhile, the future of Edison’s schools topped talks during the first regular meeting of the new year.

Superintendent Bill Beattie discussed future renovation projects and leaders also approved a resolution authorizing the board to move forward with an active planning process through the Ohio School Facilities Commission Classroom Facilities Assistance Program. Beattie said officials will hire a criterion engineer for future renovation projects at Edison High School in the coming months.

“We hope to be lined up by spring and work on it during the spring and summer,” Beattie noted, saying the work could exceed $1 million and involves reconfiguring offices, the band room and VoAg space for more efficiency.

“We’re looking at changing the guidance area and current assistant principal’s office and also make it the main entrance for visitors,” he said. “There is also potential for a VoAg remodel and addition and making the current band and VoAg room into one large band room.”

The guidance counselor’s office on the second floor would switch places with Assistant Principal Josh Leasure’s office on the lower level near the cafeteria. Beattie continued that there was potential discussion to add to the VoAg program and funding for the upgrades would come from the district’s Capital Improvement Fund.

Personnel matters were also on the agenda as officials approved Catalina Burke as an additional substitute teacher with Aldo Canestraro, Annalee Mehling and Nick Piergallini as short-term subs; Ashley Smith as bus driver for the 2017-18 school year; and Kari Speedy as a five-hour cook at Edison High School. The board further accepted the resignation of administrative secretary Sara Welch, who plans to retire effective March 31.

The board took other action during the sessions, including the following:

* Passed resolutions setting the regular board meetings for the year;

* Authorized Beattie to accept personnel resignations and employ temporary personnel as needed in emergency situations;

* Approved more resolutions pertaining to district operations, including the establishment of a service fund for $5,000 to defray costs for board expenses from in-service training to professional development; authorization for the treasurer to request advances on local taxes as needed; authorization for the treasurer and board president to borrow money throughout the year; authorization for the treasurer to invest interim funds and pay bills; approving Beattie as purchasing agent; approving Lockhart as legislative liaison; appointing Smyth as delegate to the Ohio School Boards Association Annual Conference; confirming mileage rates for board members; and approving administrative staff to attend conferences, workshops and seminars related to their responsibilities.

* Named members to administrative committees with first names denoting the chairperson. They include including Prokopakis, Lockhart and Smyth, athletic; Lockhart, Prokopakis and Richardson, budget and finance; Wright and Smyth, building and grounds; Richardson and Prokopakis, insurance; Richardson, Lockhart and Wright, levy/bond issue; Lockhart, Wright and Richardson, negotiations/ELEA; Lockhart, Richardson and Wright, negotiations/OAPSE; Wright and Smyth, personnel/classified; Wright and Smyth, personnel/certificated; Lockhart and Wright, policy; Richardson and Lockhart, public relations; Lockhart and Wright, technology; Wright and Richardson, transportation; Richardson and Prokopakis, grievance; and Richardson and Lockhart, administrator evaluation/contracts;

* Proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month;

* Approved the second reading of new and revised policies;

* Agreed to alternate meeting venues at schools throughout the district and scheduled the next regular meeting for 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Stanton.