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Wellsville upgrades help keep students safe at school

WELLSVILLE–Superintendent Richard Bereschik, spoke about district improvements at Monday’s board of education meeting.

Bereschik told the board about last week’s safety committee meeting. He said the committee has accomplished a lot, but has more to get to. He listed a number of features being utilized to keep students safe, including a key fob system, alarms on every door, resource officers in each school and threat extinguishers. Bereschik also said they updated the security camera system and now have 154 cameras in the district.

He reported they completed the district’s Emergency Management plan. Every three years the district must make a plan for each school and the administration building to submit to the state and homeland security for approval. Bereschik said the district is good for another three years.

Bereschik mentioned each building has an AED system, and there are two additional AEDs to travel with students for situations where an AED may not be available.

He told the board he will be working with Ruthann Hall, the districts mental health specialist and the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Board on a K-12 grant to help enhance the district’s mental health services. Bereschik also announced that he plans to have a proposal regarding vape detectors for the board at an upcoming meeting.

Lastly, Bereschik announced it is board recognition month and thanked the board for their service.

“At times it’s a thankless job. I’m proud to say everyone here is a Wellsville graduate,” Bereschik said. “So thank you for all that you do, thank you for all your dedication.”

In other business, the board:

— Held an organizational meeting and named: Gary Althiser as board president; Ed Bauer as vice-president of the board; Bob Barrett, Wellsville School Treasure, as board’s public records delegate, and Tom Brophey as the legislative liaisons officer.

— Approved Pat Ready and Tina Smith for the Wellsville Carnegie Library Board of Trustees, Smith will replace Dan MacLean as trustee president and Smith agreed to another term. Bereschik said both are retired teachers from the Wellsville school district.

— Approved the treasurer’s report.

— Approved the food service director’s monthly report.

— Announced board members are permitted to request coverage for themselves and or their family from the district’s group health and life insurance plans, the coverage is only permissible at the board member’s expense.

–Lisa Ferguson, Garfield Elementary principal, announced the first and second grade students went to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. She said the weather was bad when the second graders went and they had delays in getting students home. Ferguson thanked and commended everyone for their hard work on getting the students back to the school safely.

— Richard Prescott, Daw Elementary principal announced, the school is working on its leader in me curriculum program to help teach students leadership skills and is improving its stem program and stem club. Prescott also said students helped to set up the courses at the robotics competition held at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, CCCTC. He reported the competition got students excited about the program and in a show of appreciation for the help the school received three middle school robots.

— Coy Sudvary, Wellsville Jr./Sr. High School principal, gave the board an update on the school’s winter sports team. Sudvary announced the teachers are receiving training in a state assessment preparation tool, and he has plans of incorporating additional technology training for staff members, including Google Certification.

— Approved the tax budget, Barrett explained this is the start of the school district’s budget cycle. He said it works as a wish list and outlines the district’s spending plans.

— Board member Rick Salsberry, announced various programs at the CCCTC are participating in skill competitions and a number of those programs have received state and regional honors.

–Approved a resolution to participate in META solutions advertising and receiving bids for school bus chassis and bodies. The district is looking to add a fifth bus to the fleet to use for the three bus routes and to transport students to athletic events, Bereschik said the districts busses are showing some wear.

— Approved a resolution authorizing the superintendent to hire staff between meetings, Bereschik explained this resolution is passed yearly and he tries to contact the board before making any hiring decisions.

— Approved a resolution authorizing the superintendent to accept resignations from staff between meetings.

— Accepted the resignation of Stephanie Hall, Daw Elementary Assistant Cook. Bereschik said they will be hiring a replacement.

— Approved participation in the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the board approves participation in the association every year.

–Bauer said, “It’s nice to see us all back together for another year. I think we all work together pretty well as a board, and I know I enjoy being on the board. And I appreciate all the things the staff does.”

— Salsberry wished continued success to the winter sports teams.

— Board member Austin Dalrymple, wished students good luck on their upcoming exams and thanked the staff for all their work.

— Althiser, thanked the board for naming him president, and said he enjoys serving on the board. He congratulated the district’s robotics teams for their success in competitions, wished students good luck on their exams and said he is excited to see leadership programs being implemented in school.

— Decided they would like to have the robotics team attend a meeting to do a demonstration for the board.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. High School media center on Feb. 10.

jriedel@reviewonline.com

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