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Boyd to return as Southern Local guidance counselor

SALINEVILLE — A familiar face is returning to Southern Local Jr./Sr. High School after longtime guidance counselor Debbie Boyd was hired to undertake the role once again.

The Southern Local school board agreed to hire Boyd for a one-year term until a permanent replacement could be selected. Boyd, who served the district until around 2008, will assume the post most recently held by Nancy Saling, who will now teach at the junior high school. Superintendent Tom Cunningham said Boyd’s background made her the right choice since she already has ties to the school.

“She was the prior guidance counselor and volleyball coach at Southern Local,” he said. “She’s continued to be a substitute in the district and has subbed in other districts. She is familiar with the job and the whole community and the community knows her.”

Boyd is expected to begin in August and will serve for the 2019-20 school year, plus Cunningham said she will aid during the transition period once a permanent guidance counselor is selected.

In other matters, the board approved a job description for a mechanic/substitute bus driver. Cunningham said some added tasks would include reassigning routes, callouts and updating student information when transportation supervisor Rob Marra was unavailable.

During a meeting Wednesday the board:

— Approved Kyle Exline, jayvee boys basketball coach and junior high athletic director; Mike Skrinjar, head girls basketball coach; and Brian Spahlinger, junior high wrestling coach. The board tabled the hiring of Jimmy Malone, head wrestling coach.

— The board accepted the retirement resignation of Gary Hawksworth, bus driver; and approved hiring Mike Leonard as a mechanic/substitute bus driver.

— The board approved services contracts with Soursa insurance, the Jefferson County Educational Service Center, the Columbiana County Educational Service Center and OMERESA.

— The board listened to a presentation from Brett Hughes, the junior high language arts instructor, who talked about some of the online-based software programs he began using in his classroom last year. Hughes provided the board with some prices, which would allow other teachers to also use the programs. Hughes said he believes it is beneficial for students to be allowed to create in the classroom instead of listening to lectures all the time.

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