Mental health priorities discussed at CCESC

LISBON — With school shootings and violence on everyone’s minds this week, the Columbiana County Educational Service Center board talked about mental health priorities in the school.

Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn said the local schools and communities have all talked about the need for additional mental health counseling for students for at least the past five years. However, Vaughn said it is difficult to provide more and more without the resources to support it.

Although many students are even court ordered to have mental health counseling, Vaughn said it is sometimes difficult for their families to get them to their appointments. At least at the schools, the students are already present, Vaughn said, but then it’s a matter of having the counseling services available at the schools.

Vaughn said some of the schools already have several resources available to help students who are having family crisis’ but she also talked about the need for training for those schools who want it.

The board voted to amend the contract of Lori Colian, the Family and Children First Coordinator, who will begin to provide additional serves through Mental Health and Recovery Board starting in March and continuing through the remainder of the school year.

In other matters:

— The ESC board accepted the donation of wood pieces valued at $700 from Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods in Canfield for use in the Project Inspire porgram.

— The board approved consignment agreements between the ESC for three vendors in the STARS store in Salem — Michelle R. Wimer; Pampiepanda’s Candies, Pamela Barrett; and the Barn Loft Decor, Shari Shaffer. Additionally, Vaughn reported to the board that the STARS store will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Ohio School Boards Journal, in an issue talking about special needs students

— The board approved Family Medical Leave Act time for Deborah Deafenbaugh, gifted and talented teacher effective Feb. 19.

— The board approved Andrea Buck, Stephanie Noble, Jenny Spitler and Susan Mackall to provide services to the East Liverpool Christian School also known as American Spirit Academy.

— The next meeting of the ESC board will be March 20.

— Preschool registrations are coming up in March and April for different schools served by the ESC. The majority of the registrations will be April 16 at the ESC for those wanting to attend any ESC preschool except Crestview and East Liverpool. Crestview will have their own registration April 11. Packets for East Liverpool preschool can be picked up starting on March 5 and dropped off starting on March 20.