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EL prom, graduation a go as district sees drop in COVID numbers

EAST LIVERPOOL — Vaccination appears to work, East Liverpool schools Superintendent Jonathan Ludwig explained during Thursday’s virtual meeting of the district’s school board.

“Our COVID numbers have decreased significantly over the past two weeks. We continue to follow all safety protocols included in the reset and restart plan approved by the board. Students who wish to make a change to virtual or in-person learning for the fourth nine weeks can do so by calling the school counselors,” he explained to members during his report.

On March 12, members of the East Liverpool Health Department area scheduled to administer the second dose of the COVID vaccine as the district continues to move forward.

He also announced that district enrollment is up to 2,095 from the start of the school year. There were 1970 students in October and 2030 in October 2019. “Five hundred and sixty-three (563) students are taking full online courses as of (Thursday, and) I believe this serves as proof that the community believes in what we do on a daily basis,” Ludwig added.

Other highlights from his report:

– The district is looking to build an upgraded mobile app for students and families.

– A required plan of action is due to the Ohio Department of Education outlining plans to remediate students over the summer.

– High school students will have both a prom and graduation this year. Although they will look different, the prom is set for May 8 at an undetermined location and graduation will be held Sunday, May 30 on Patterson Field.

Supplemental contracts are granted to Michelle Roberts, Academic Team advisor; Meghan Klenotic, seventh grade advisor; Lori DeMarco, eighth grade advisor; Melissa Hall, Freshman advisor; Greg Adkins, conditioning/exercise trainer, social studies chair and sophomore advisor; M. Quinn Carter, assistant athletic director; Jason Croxall, high school boys’ intramural and. AV Tech coordinator; Alaina Cornfield, extracurricular and summer band; Michelle Smith, assistant marching band and middle school band director; Ann Inge, district Booster Club advisor; Brooke Harman, English chair; Julie Voorhees, math chair; Tonya Roberts, science chair; ; Michelle Davis, career tech chair; Kristina Holland, color guard and flag line advisor; Gerald Bartlett, debate team advisor; Jeffrey Cornfield, high school student advisor and fall drama advisor; Joshua Ludwig, fall equipment manager and weight training advisor; Brian Grant, high school gaming club; Dawn Pipo, high school girls’ intramural; John Dawson, middle school intramurals; Lori Adkins, lead mentor; Melanie Rowley, science fair coordinator for the elementary, Westgate and middle schools; Melissa Hall, Service Learning Club advisor (National Honor Society); Heather Zemich, middle school spelling bee coordinator; Allison Jackson, junior high student council advisor; Ashley Byrne, elementary student council advisor; Lisa Ensinger, extracurricular vocal; Gregg Harding, high school yearbook advisor and Amber Gill, junior high yearbook advisor.

Board members also approved its agreement with Eastern Gateway Community College for the 2021-2022 academic year and its contract with PsyCare Inc. through Jan 16, 2022.

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