College Credit Plus courses to be available next year

WELLSVILLE — Some College Credit Plus courses will be available for Wellsville High School students at the high school starting next school year, according to Wellsville school board president Nancy Francis.

During Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Francis announced the board signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this month with both Kent State University’s East Liverpool campus and Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville to present College Credit Plus courses for students in the district.

The program allows students to take college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from nearby colleges. The program also aims to promote strong academic pursuits and provide several options to college-ready students. The courses, done through a public college or university, are available to high school students at no cost.

Francis announced some of Kent State’s courses will be taught at Wellsville High School, and will officially start at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

In a separate matter, Francis provided an update on the planned roof replacement project at Garfield Elementary, and stated that four samples have been taken by two companies.

According to Francis, architects at the Buehrer Group presented tentative plans for the new roof at the Lincoln Street school, which also included a new HVAC heating/cooling unit to the district’s Buildings and Grounds Committee.

The committee will meet later this month to review the plans and may make a full recommendation to the board by the next meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Daw Elementary.

In other business:

— Regarding personnel, the board approved six coaching positions for spring sports. Those included Cory Leek and Jim Thirtyacre for assistant baseball coaches, David “Bug” Thompson and John Stoakes as assistant track coaches, Lonnie Fields as junior high track coach, and Greg Pullie as a volunteer track coach. Thompson and Fields will both be paid at Step 5 on the salary scale, while Leek, Thirtyacre and Stoakes are paid at Step 2.

The board also approved Patricia Symons and Paul Sturm to serve as building volunteers for Garfield Elementary.

— During his legislative report, board member Tom Brophey said two bills are being introduced in the state legislation — House Bill 477, which eliminates various programs and provisions related to the Ohio Department of Education and the operation of primary and secondary schools; and Senate Bill 246, which discusses student expulsion procedures and potential changes.

Because both have only been introduced and not approved by the state, no board action has been taken at this time.