Summer programs planned at Southern

SALINEVILLE — Instead of hanging out at home, Southern Local elementary students may have a few opportunities to participate in activities at the school this summer.

Superintendent Tom Cunningham talked at this week’s board meeting about plans for summer program, which will include activities to encourage the enjoyment of learning.

Elementary Principal Kristy Sampson said the staff is already looking at programs for the students to participate in, such as safety based events and something involving food through Nutrition Inc.

Cunningham said the idea is to engage the students in project based, hands-on programs. For instance, Cunningham said there will be an art project and archery, which will include the science and math behind how archery works. While many of the students may not have a chance to get away from home much this summer, the program may even include some field trips.

The program will run for four days, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 5-8 Cunningham said. The plan is also to make transportation available so students can come even if they do not have a ride.

In other matters:

— The board voted to place a district employee on medical leave through the Family Medical Leave Act retroactively with a beginning date of March 3, 2016. Cunningham declined to give the name of the employee stating the matter is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Cunningham would only say it was a recommended action through the health insurance.

— The board approved teacher substitutes Arika Coffy and Leah Prescott, as well as cafeteria, custodian and secretary substitutes Carla Phenicie.

— The board approved a field trip to PNC Park on April 25 for students in the Problems of Democracy and Law Club, as well as a Art Club field trip to Stray Cat Studio on Beaver Falls, Pa. on May 16.