EL among schools to benefit from reading grant

LISBON — Some local schools will be sharing in the benefits of $1.2 million grant through the Ohio Department of Education, which will be used to improve reading skills.

Marie Williams, director of teaching and learning at the Columbiana County Education Service Center, said the grant was written as a group effort for the Striving Readers Grant, but it was later turned down. Now she has been notified by the ODE that another funding source became available and they will receive $1.2 million through a three-year grant.

Williams said the districts involved have been notified and much of the money will be used for professional development, helping teachers learn new skills to assist students with reading concepts. The skills the teachers will learn can reportedly translate to be utilized with any reading program the schools are already using.

ESC Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn said there is still paperwork which needs to be submitted to the ODE by Sept. 30 to finalize the acceptance of the money, but the schools involved are very excited about getting started.

The schools in the program include East Liverpool, Salem and Lisbon. The reading assistance will include some of the area preschools operated by the county ESC as well.

In other matters:

— The board accepted the resignation of board member Jacki Dalonzo, who reportedly told the board she had to leave the position for personal reasons and will be moving from the Wellsville area. The board announced they will be accepting applications for the position and hope to make a decision at the next board meeting, scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Oct. 16. Board president Richard Stoudt thanked Dalonzo for the time she was on the board and wished her the best of luck in the future.

— The board accepted the resignations of Mercedes Heestand and Deborah Ketchum as para educators. The board hired teachers Sue Sowa and Jacqueline Mumford at St. Paul School. The board also approved substitute para educators Barbara Amadio, Crystal Barnes, Patty L. Bosworth, Michelle Brown, Theresa Geary, Fredda Hawkins, Ranora Jordan, Candy Kiehl, Amy Milnes, Chloe Morrow, Tammy Pitts, Emily Ramm and Charlotte Richards.