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Teacher, coach resignations approved

December 10, 2013
By JO ANN BOBBY-GILBERT - East Liverpool Reporter ( , The Review

EAST LIVERPOOL - Among personnel matters approved Monday night by the city school board were the resignations of its football coach and a teacher.

The board voted unanimously in favor of the resignation of varsity football coach Rick Prescott, who served three years in that position and math teacher Patrick McNicol, who has 18 years of service to the district.

In accepting McNicol's resignation, effective the last day of school, the board thanked him for his service and wished him well.

Prescott's resignation was effective Dec. 2 and was accepted without the same well wishes from the board.

The board heard a presentation from Westgate Principal Carole Sutton, who outlined how the building is focusing on students, staff and community as a trifecta for success.

She said every student sets a goal for himself and can earn points for various behaviors.

Recess has been re-introduced in both the morning and afternoon, as well as study and intervention periods and "working detention" in which students perform various chores that Sutton said "contribute to the Westgate community."

Every morning students at Westgate are asked, "Why are you here" and they answer, "To learn, to work and to be a positive role model," Sutton explained.

A student advisory council, adult mentoring, peer tutoring and peer mentoring have been implemented, and staff members are participating in a variety of professional development.

Sutton was praised by board Vice President Bob Estell for offering the first presentation by administrators that included teaching students social skills, saying, "We've done an atrocious job of teaching our kids civics."

Among financial matters approved by the board was a financial report that included acceptance of donations, and Treasurer Todd Puster pointed out that East Liverpool City Hospital had given an $11,000 grant for use in the job training program.

Following an executive session, the board returned to approve an addendum to the agenda which included promoting Brenda Nordine from high school custodian to head custodian at LaCroft Elementary at a salary of 33,631.

In the same addendum, the board voted to transfer Regina Schmelick from the head custodian position at LaCroft to her former position as high school custodian.

In other personnel matters, the board approved hiring former retired treasurer's office payroll clerk Rhonda Jarrett as a payroll consultant on an as-needed basis at $18 per hour.

The board decided to not hold a second meeting this month, which would have fallen on Dec. 23, unless pressing business arises, and set its organizational meeting for 6 p.m. Jan. 6.



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