District reviews security

Like every other school in the nation, the Lisbon school district has taken another look at its security plan following the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Superintendent Don Thompson, speaking at this week’s board meeting, said they examined their school security plan in the wake of the Newtown shooting and also received a request for some specifics from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office so the agency would have the information on file.

Thompson said he also met with the village’s new police chief, Mike Abraham, and he expects the board’s safety committee will meet to review the plan. The district is already required to update the plan every three years.

“We are prepared as we can be for a situation,” with the understanding no plan is foolproof, Thompson said.

In other news, Thompson reported the school district is acting as fiscal agent for the county Educational Service Center as the ESC seeks a $250,000 Early Literacy Reading Readiness Grant from the state on behalf of five districts in Columbiana County.

Lisbon is one of the districts that would share in the money, should the grant be awarded. The money is specifically to help districts develop programs to ensure all third-grade students are able to meet reading proficiency requirements under the new state law requiring third-graders otherwise be held back.

Thompson said school districts could either seek a $100,000 grant individually or join with others to go after a combined $250,000 grant, which is what Lisbon opted to do.

In other action, the board:

– Approved a 2013-14 budget totaling $10.8 million, of which $8.7 million is for the general fund. Thompson noted the last levy approved by voters was in 1991 for a bond issue to fund construction of the new junior/senior high school and improvements to the elementary school.

“The board continues to operate without asking voters for additional revenue,” he said.

– Hired Terry Witherow as a part-time food service worker and Katherine Callahan as a nurse’s aide.

– Hired the following spring coaches: Kathy Randolph, head girls track coach; Meredith Deichler,

junior high girls track coach; Jon Burnell, junior high boys track coach; Melody Allison, assistant softball coach; and Ryan Snyder, assistant baseball coach.

– Named the following as volunteer coaches: T.K. Hiscox and Dave Tolson, softball; and Dave Rutecki and Mike Crosser, baseball.

– Accepted a donation in the amount of $12,055 from the Stadium Committee/Lisbon Community Foundation for improvements to the War Memorial at the football stadium. Thompson said this represents the final payment on a series of improvements at the stadium, with the committee raising 75 percent of the funding.

“Anyone who hasn’t been there, especially at night, it’s very impressive … It’s something the whole village can be proud of,” board President Jim Smith said of the War Memorial.

The board’s next meeting is 5 p.m. Feb. 12.