EAST LIVERPOOL - A change order that would cost an additional $10,000 for the Patterson Field improvement project was not acted upon Monday night by the city school board, pending assurance from the state that it is needed.
The change order from Tice Builders was presented to the board for approval as an addendum to the agenda, seeking inclusion of a makeup air system for the visitors' locker room.
According to officials, they have been advised the state is now requiring this additional system in order to approve plans for the building, but it was not included in the architect's original design.
Work continues on new locker rooms and a restroom facility at Patterson Field in East Liverpool despite the state not yet issuing final approval for some aspects of the project. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
The makeup air system is in the design of the home locker room.
Architect Scott Shepherd was not in attendance, having advised Superintendent James Herring earlier in the day he had another commitment Monday night.
President Janice Martin complained that the board has been trying since August to get plans approved by the state and they still are not, although the county has approved plumbing plans.
Board member Richard Wolf reiterated earlier concerns that he has seen no sealed, competitive bids for the project, saying quotes have been obtained when bids are required for anything over $25,000.
"I want to see every bid, sealed or not," Wolf insisted.
Martin said the board had received an email from its attorney referencing that issue and asked Herring to retrieve it. However, it was decided the correspondence was not to be made public due to attorney-client privilege, and Wolf said he still wants to see a copy of it.
No action was taken on the change order.
In personnel matters, the appointment of varsity baseball coach William Bailey of Columbiana met with opposition from Wolf and board Vice President Bob Estell.
Wolf complained that this was the first appointment since his re-election to the board made without recommendation of the athletic committee and said, while Bailey may be a good candidate, he knows nothing about him.
Estell did not give a reason for his negative vote, while Martin said the athletic committee needs to hold regular meetings but isn't and she hoped the position was opened up to district teachers.
Athletic committee Chairman Scott Dieringer said it is his fault no meeting has been scheduled, also saying he didn't know when the job was posted, who applied, or when interviews took place.
Bailey's appointment was a recommendation from Principal Randy Taylor, a member of the athletic committee.
A question was also raised about a recommendation to hire Bob Bosco as a game worker, which has never been a board appointment in the past.
Treasurer Todd Puster explained that it is a new procedure to comply with federal regulations regarding paying people as contractual workers instead of as district employees.
In other matters, the board:
Approved the resignation of North Elementary teacher Valerie Caffro.
Heard a presentation on the district's special education program from coordinator Melanie Caralo.
Established minimum wage for covered employees at $7.85 per hour in accordance with state law effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Heard a report from Pam Gerace on the Job Training Program.