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Southern staying connected as end of year draws near

SALINEVILLE — Southern Local is making plans for those students who may need to get caught up following the past year and a half of online and hybrid classes as well as the switch from one to the other.

Although the board of education on Tuesday passed the school graduation requirements for this year, a resolution that allows students to use their class grades to meet requirements instead of end of school exams, the tests will still be a good marker for the other students, according to Superintendent Tom Cunningham.

He told the board the results from current testing will give the school a chance to know just how much “the slide” has been for students.

Even through some students may continue to go online next year, 38 of the online students have been coming in on Friday to take the tests.

Assistant junior high and high school principal Adam Loudin told the board they will now be offering online courses through Edgenuity, which they also hope to use for summer school programs, remediation and credit recovery for students who failed a course. Edgenuity reportedly offers online assistance for educators and families to support learning or supplement it.

Additionally, the high school has already reached out to 40 of the school’s 54 seniors to make certain they are staying connected through the end of this school year.

When this school year does end, feeding students will not end this summer. Cunningham said through a program with the USDA, the school will be able to continue providing food assistance to students throughout the summer and into September.

Finally, Cunningham reported a Covid vaccine clinic is being planned for those students 16 and older. It will not be mandatory for students, just available if they want them. However, it was noted some of the restrictions on sports teams could be lifted next fall if members of the team are vaccinated.

In other matters:

— The board approved a long list of coaching contracts, but tabled the three-year supplemental contract for Gerard Grimm, the boys basketball coach. The board went into executive session at the end of the meeting and left open the possibility they may return and take action on the coaching position.

— The other athletics contracts approved by the board were: Bob Shansky, athletic director, three years; Kyle Exline, junior high athletic director, three years; Exline, JV boys basketball coach, one year; Hannah Brothers, seventh and eighth grade junior high volleyball coach, one year; Kelly Ann Clark, varsity cheerleading advisor, one year; Andrew Vulgamore, bowling coach, one year; Dennis Bowers, varsity assistant football coach and wrestling coach, one year; Greg Sabbato, JV girls basketball coach, one year; Jenny Brewer, eighth grade girls basketball coach, one year; Mike Skrinjar, varsity volleyball assistant coach, head girls basketball coach, one year; Bill Watson, JV baseball coach, this spring; and Kyler Woodward, assistant softball coach, this spring.

— The board also approved continuing contracts for Calvin Sell, custodian; Kim Boston, bus driver; Kyler Woodward, para professional; Kristin Hepner, Alyssa Lockhart, Amanda Wrobleski and Tiffany Scheel, teachers; supplemental contracts for Skrinjar and Carter Hill for the Shale academy; Samantha Catalano, substitute teacher; Billee Sevek, substitution para-professional for the remainder of the school year; and a three-year contract for Laura Krulik, special education coordinator.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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