Board approves retirement, contracts

SALINEVILLE — There will be a number of comings and goings in the near future at Southern Local Schools.

Under personnel, at its recent meeting, the Southern Local Board of Education first approved the retirement of elementary teacher Janet Fellenger, who has worked in the district for 14 years.

“She’s an excellent teacher,” said board member Linda Morris. “She will be missed.”

Officials also approved three-year limited teaching contracts for Heather McCartney, Shannon Rodgers, Stephanie Gonzales, Holly Davis, Michelle Skinner, Ron Sines, Alyssa Lockhart, Emily Brinker, Ashley Farnsworth, Breann Widder, Lori Deem, Alexandra Smith, Fernando Dechellis, Alan Mikovich, Eric Nejus, Cindy Peschel and Mary Lou Taylor.

Meanwhile, one-year teaching contracts were given to Tonyea Kellison, Larry Rudloff, Anne Lynn Swoger, Bob Shansky, Janice Pierce and Brock Koppelman.

Related items included naming substitute staff, such as teacher Barry Kimpel, custodian and cafeteria worker Kyler Woodward, and custodian Tammy Adkins; and approving contracts from the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for DRA coordinator Ron Berdis, who is covered under a grant, and occupational therapist Angela Sheldon; and naming Brent Boyle as volunteer softball coach effective with the 2016-17 school year.

In other matters, the board:

— Passed a resolution approving a one-year agreement with the Columbiana County Educational Service Center from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018;

— Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Columbiana County Board of Commissioners to utilize the district and its resources for the county Emergency Management Agency during disasters. That includes sheltering evacuees, use of grounds and vehicles as required and early dismissals and cancelations of school and extra-curricular activities;

— Learned that Superintendent John Wilson recently attended a conference with state Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), who discussed the state of the current budget. Wilson said revenues were about $1 billion lower and it would affect the budget bill;

— Heard that paving projects were completed around the fieldhouse, including parking and track areas;

— Learned that the district safety committee was working on an off-site plan for evacuation drills to complete the safety plan;

— Heard from Southern Local High School Assistant Principal Rich Wright who said the junior and senior high students completed English AIR testing, Nick Strabley was named the Salineville Kiwanis Student of the Month for April, prom was slated for April 21 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville, and the school FFA banquet was set for April 27;

— Learned elementary students raised $1,700 for the K-105 Quest for a Million Pennies for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and an assembly and other rewards were held; state testing would wrap up later this month; and a slew of field trips were planned through May;

— Approved the first and second readings of NEOLA policies to update current bylaws and procedures;

— Heard from District Treasurer Greg Sabbato that March ended with a balance of $1,766,421 while the cafeteria balance was $58,158;

— Praised organizers of this year’s District Showcase, saying it was another successful event;

— Scheduled the next regular meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the district office.