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Southern Local addresses coaching contracts

Former board member Linda Morris received a plaque honoring her for 26 years on the Southern Local board from Superintendent Tom Cunningham. (Photo by Deanne Johnson)

SALINEVILLE — Following concerns voiced by a parent about a text message sent to students by an unnamed coach, the Southern Local Board of Education took the parent into executive session with them and tabled a list of renewals of coaching contracts at their meeting last week.

Board policy does not allow parents or anyone addressing the board to name anyone they are speaking about during the public comment period. The board decided not to act on the list of coaches even after the executive session.

While it is not known who on the list the parent had concerns about, he also had voiced concerns about the same coach last year regarding the use of a massaging tool on his son by the coach, which he had said led to his son requiring medical care because the coach was not properly trained on how to use it.

The coaches on the list for supplemental contracts were Gerald Grimm, baseball head coach; Kyle Exline, baseball assistant coach; Brent Boyle, softball head coach; Lori Biser and Chris Lewis, both softball assistant coaches; head boys track coach Mike Skrinjar; assistant boys track coach Jimmy Malone; Kathy Randolph, head girls track coach; Chasity Sloan, junior high girls coach; Rich Sloan, junior high boys coach; Rich Wright, wrestling coach and Todd Walters, assistant girls track coach.

During the meeting, the board did vote to approve the resignation of Stephanie Gonzales as an intervention specialist; and the approval of contracts for Alannah Kutan, testing coordinator for the Utica Shale Academy; Chasity Sloan and Kelley Korbel as cafeteria workers; and lists of substitute teachers, nurses, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and teachers’ aides.

The board also discussed the records retentions for the school district. Treasurer Greg Sabbato and Superintendent Tom Cunningham explained to the board, the records of students and other records the district must keep are being digitized. Although Sabbato said the process is taking a long time as the company is doing the records from students who graduated from the district shortly after the district was formed.

The digitized records are being stored in triplicate, including one copy stored in an offsite location to make certain if something happens to one set, the records can be still located and duplicated again.

“A lot more districts are moving toward them,” Cunningham explained. “A lot of colleges are going all online.”

djohnson@mojonews.com

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