Lisbon school district unveils its new e-newsletter

LISBON — The school district unveiled its new e-newsletter at last week’s school board meeting as part of ongoing efforts to reach more of the community through social media.

School Superintendent Joseph Siefke said the e-newsletter is replacing the paper version that is produced four times a year and used to update students, parents and the rest of the community about what has been going on with the school district.

The district prints 700 paper copies per edition, which cost $616 annually in postage to send to households and give to students. Now the the electronic versions will be emailed to students, parents and members of the community who sign up. Siefke said students and parents can sign up at the start of the school, and others can contact the board office to get on the list.

“So if you give us your email address we will add you to the list,” he said.

Those who wish to continue to receive paper copies can do so by contacting the board and one will be mailed to them.

Siefke said some the benefits of the e-newsletter include being able to imbed videos, add more information and send out more editions, perhaps monthly instead of quarterly.

In other business, the board made several personnel moves in regards to the custodian staff due to the resignation of two recent hires.

First, the board accepted the resignation of Nicole Haldiman as second shift custodian. She was hired in August but changed her mind after working the job for a while. The board then accepted the resignation of custodian Glenn Burt, who quit after working several days.

The board then hired Greg Weinstock to fill one of the full-time positions.

The turnover prompted board President Gene Gallo to ask Siefke if he does an exist interview to determine why the custodians were leaving. Siefke said he does, and Haldiman told him “it just wasn’t working out for her.”

As for Burt, he left for a better paying job.

Siefke reported 25 elementary school students so far have signed up to attend the after-school learning center, which opens Oct. 7.

Those who enroll in the program are to remain after school for three hours every day to work with staff on homework and additional math and science instruction.

Up to 50 students are expected to participate, and those who do must commit to attending the learning center at least 80 percent of the time. Participants will also be provided a snack and given an opportunity to participate in a recreational activity.

The program is being funded $200,000 federal grant obtained through the Columbiana County Educational Service Center. The grant will pay for two teachers, four activity leaders, and a site coordinator, along with all materials, supplies and snacks. Some of the money can also be used to have buses take the children home afterwards who need a ride, but Siefke does not want to do that because he believes it is safer and more efficient just to have the parents pick their children at McKinley Elementary. He intends to use the transportation money instead to take participants on weekend field trips.

“This is something we’re excited about and we think it’s a great opportunity for our kids,” Siefke said.

Also, the board hired Youngstown Painting and Decorating for $5,300 to paint the outside of the board office and make some necessary exterior repairs. The board used the company to recently paint the gym, and they were pleased with the results.