Beaver Local to begin search for principal, athletic director

CALCUTTA – The Beaver Local School District will be seeking a new athletic director and assistant middle school principal as its current administrator handling both roles will return to teaching this fall.

During Monday’s meeting, the school board accepted the resignation of Rick Prescott, who has served as both AD and assistant principal for the middle school the past two years.

Prescott, however, will remain with the school district as a high school science teacher for the 2018-19 school year, which was also approved by the board. He will be paid at step 10 on the salary pay scale.

Superintendent Eric Lowe said Prescott, who was not present for Monday’s meeting, cited a need to spend more time with his family, while also adding he will be filling a position previously held by a retiring teacher.

“He has done a great job as our athletic director and assistant principal over the past couple of years, but he has a son, a sixth

-grader. I know he takes him to wrestling, and he’s elected that he wants to step away so he can have more time with his family, rightfully so,” Lowe said. “We are fortunate to still have him in the district working with our students, and he is qualified to teach science, so he’s going to step in the science position.”

Board vice president Jerry Barnett stated Prescott’s re-hire as a teacher was done through “the proper channels,”, which Lowe stated no one in the district bid on the job and had been available to outside applicants.

Prescott joined the district in 2016 when then-athletic director Lowe, who also served as middle school principal at the time, became the district’s superintendent, while then-assistant principal Connie Shive returned to her role as middle school principal.

Prior to joining Beaver Local, Prescott served six years as a teacher and three years as head varsity football coach with East Liverpool City Schools; three years as a teacher with the Buckeye Online School for Success (BOSS); one year teaching in the Columbiana school district; and one year as an assistant principal with the Lowellville school district.

In a related matter, the board also accepted the resignation of Karen Sprouse as a cook for the district. effective June 1.

Meanwhile, in other personnel matters, the board approved a five-year contract for treasurer Stacy Williams, effective Aug. 1 through 2023.

Also approved was Molly Young as a K-2 Primary Literacy Coach for the upcoming school year. Lowe saide Young, who has been with the district the past 20 years, has received the necessary training for the program that took place at United Local School District, along with training on her own time.

Barnett applauded the appointment for Young and said he believed it was a step in the right direction toward the district’s literacy collaborative.

“I think this is going to be a huge positive for our elementary students, especially starting in Kindergarten because really if you don’t have a good base of education and reading and what have you, you have nothing,” Barnett said.

The board also approved the hiring of Amy Black as a bus driver for the 2018-19 school year, which she will be paid at step 0 on the pay scale.

Among administrative contracts approved were for Andrew Reeves, approved for a three-year contract as Director of Special Programs along with receiving a $5,000 IDEAB stipend; Brianne Hall for a $5,000 Title One stipend; and Nate Aldrich for a three-year contract as technology director.

In sports matters, supplemental contracts were approved for T.J. Miller as assistant varsity football coach, Zack Weyand and Cody Flowers as middle school football coaches, and Mike Curran as a freshman football coach. Tyler Kelly was also approved as a football volunteer for the upcoming school year.

Weyand, Flowers and Curran’s contracts are for half of the season, while another half-season contract for freshman football was still undetermined as of meeting time.