EAST LIVERPOOL - A city school board member was voicing his own opinion, not that of the board, when he recently complained about the police department providing security at district functions.
School board President Janice Martin referred at Monday's meeting to complaints made by Richard Wolf at the last session about how police officers operated at the game between the Potters and Beaver Local.
Martin said she saw police Chief John Lane at the recent football game and introduced herself, also telling him that what was said was only Wolf's opinion and did not reflect the opinion of the board as a whole.
Admitting that a board member "can say whatever (he/she) wants," Martin said, "It was not my feeling or that of the board. I'm sorry it happened."
Lane received a letter from school administrators the day Wolf's comments were published, advising they also did not agree with his assessment.
Wolf had complained that officers failed to take assignments and stood around the gate all night, which Lane denied, saying officers did what they were supposed to do.
Monday, Wolf complained about a contract with the county Educational Service Center that was approved, saying while it provides alternative school for East Liverpool students, a contract already exists with Midland, Pa., schools to provide five seats in its alternative school.
Wolf said although he has been advised Midland has no alternative school, it is contractually required to and said there is supposed to be a committee in place to discuss the issue.
Superintendent James Herring said he has a meeting scheduled Friday with Midland Superintendent Sean Tanner to discuss the issue and will also review the contract to determine the makeup of the committee to which Wolf referred.
After the meeting, Herring noted Midland no longer has a high school for its students and, in fact, sends some of its high schoolers to East Liverpool as well as other districts. He said it would appear, then, that no alternative school exists, but he will discuss that with Tanner.
During the good news portion of last night's meeting, high school junior Andrew Hutchman presented a slide show of his Eagle Scout project that entailed building a pergola at North Elementary.
Hutchman, a member of Troop 12, said both his grandparents suffered from skin cancer, and when he learned that a shaded structure was needed at the elementary school, he decided to build the pergola for his project.
He received a round of applause from the board, with member Larry Walton saying, "I'm really proud of you for what you've done for our students and the community."
Herring said the pergola is a "very nice addition" to the North complex.
The board approved a number of personnel issues Monday, including hiring Traci Davis as budgetary clerk/federal programs fiscal clerk to replace Sally Lynn, who retired. Her annual salary will be $26,796.83.
In financial matters, the board approved a recommendation by Treasurer Todd Puster to accept permanent appropriations for 2012-2013 totaling $35.8 million.