CCCTC board awards bids for expansion project

LISBON — With so much expansion to the nursing program, the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center board approved a $1.3 million additional space project for the adult education department on Tuesday.

Superintendent Chuck Adkins said the bids actually came in about $180,000 less than the initial overall estimate for the project. The general trades contract was awarded to J. Herbert Construction, $835,650. The electrical contract went to B and J Electric, $166,055. The plumbing for the project will be done by JP Plumbing, $33,500. Finally, the HVAC contract went to Sodexo/Roth, $267,300. Adkins noted J. Herbert Construction has been the general contractor for all but one of the CCCTC’s recent renovation and building projects. The only contractor not locally familiar to Adkins was Sodexo/Roth, which is an Austintown area company. A large part of the need for the expansion is the medical field related classes. The CCCTC adult education licensed practical nursing program has been graduating about 50 students a year. Now the school has expanded with a program to help those with LPN credentials and experience gain their registered nursing degrees. The first class of 30 RN students is scheduled to graduate soon and adult education director Dr. Kelly Darney said another 35 are having orientation this week as they prepare to begin the program. Additionally, the new medical classroom space will give the program more room for the more rigorous pharmacy technician program and other medical-related offerings at the school. At one point during Tuesday’s meeting, Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello took the opportunity to give a positive review of one of the CCCTC RN students. Corbisello said this student started here as a high school student and then studied further at the CCCTC as an adult student. When Corbisello’s grandmother recently needed medical attention, the man was doing some of his practical experience at the same medical center.

“He was phenomenal with my grandmother and my family,” Corbisello said.

Darney added she would let this student take care of her and her family and to her that is the ultimate test as to whether or not the student has gained the skills they need to be successful in the nursing field.

In other matters:

— Treasurer Katherine Mihalich was awarded a state audit award, the eighth time in as many years. While board members were congratulating her, a humble Mihalich said she just sees it as recognition that she is doing her job.

— The board gave Mihalich permission to sell on eBay some equipment which has been replaced and is no longer needed — a CNC vertical machining center, a lathe and a zero turn mower.

— The board approved a two-year contract for Emily Kellison, adult education nursing coordinator, and a one-year contract for John McNicholas, COST coordinator.

— Dates have been set for the 2019 CCCTC Awards Ceremony. The students obtaining the career path certificates from Beaver Local, Columbiana, Crestview, East Palestine, Leetonia, East Liverpool Christian School and any online school will be recognized on May 21. Then on May 22, the students from Lisbon, Salem, Southern, United and Wellsville will be honored as well.