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BDD faces high rate of COVID issues

LISBON – Not unlike other districts, the students and clients served by the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities continue to deal with the COVID-19 situation and logistical problems it creates.

Superintendent Bill Devon reported to the board on Wednesday afternoon that the new year started with a high rate of COVID-19 cases within the county, which he hopes are now starting to decline.

At one point during the meeting, the board approved the allocation of $14,000 for DD Awareness Month activities and a Reach 4 More employee recognition dinner. However, Devon pointed out similar events had to be canceled last year and he is concerned if COVID-19 cases do not begin to decline plans this year may also have to be postponed. Reach 4 More may be moving the dinner from March until October anyway, Devon said.

The board also approved to be the sponsor of an autism event at Beaver Local High School Stadium along with the St. Clair Township Police Department from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 24. The BDD will be paying the rental of the bouncy house and slide for the event at a cost of $1,673.

The board also approved creating and hiring an additional service and support administrator position, while Devon added he hopes they can find someone to fill the position. Currently the BDD has three positions open and Devon said they are not getting many applicants.

Two people were added to the board of developmental disabilities, both of whom have served on the board before. On Wednesday the board re-welcomed Jane Wilson and Tom Andric to sit on the board.

Wilson was appointed as secretary of the board during the reorganizational portion of the meeting, with Bill Reiner selected as president and Michael Parks as vice president.

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