Lisbon BOE pleased with safety forum

LISBON – The school board was pleased with the student safety forum hosted last month.

The February forum was addressed at this week’s board meeting, with school Superintendent Don Thompson saying he was pleased with the outcome despite the small crowd. Board member Gary Peruchetti agreed.

“I thought it was well presented,” with good information provided by each building administrator on what the district has done to protect students in case of an attack, Peruchetti said.

The community forum was for parents, students and interested citizens to learn about the district’s existing school safety plan and changes being considered. School boards are required by law to update their plans every three years.

Board member Jeff Elliott said he took the small crowd to mean parents must “feel we’re pretty safe, or more people would’ve come to the meeting. That’s what I took from the meeting.”

In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Lisbon administrators already attended a school safety seminar hosted by a Columbiana police officer. Thompson also reminded the board that the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy will host a day-long safety training seminar for administrators and teachers on March 27.

The board then voted to approve the amended safety plan, which runs 49 pages in length. The plan now includes an evacuation component.

In other news, the board approved the 2012-13 graduating class of 69 students, which is the smallest that Thompson could recall. “Whether its the smallest ever, it’s probably close. This is indicative of where we are,” he said.

In other action, the board:

– Accepted the resignation of assistant baseball coach Dave Rutecki due to a scheduling conflict and hired Dom DeFilippo as assistant boys track coach.

– Accepted a $700 field trip grant from Target, with the money to be used by junior high school science teacher Beth Hiscox, who applied for the grant.

– Hired Hayes Lawn Care of Lisbon to provide mowing services for $400 per cut, not to exceed 21 cuts this year. Thompson said this represented a slight increase from last year’s contract.

– Hired Scott Gallo as stadium caretaker for the next 12 months at $12 an hour, not to exceed 600 hours, and Frank Morrell as a part-time seasonal stadium custodian for the year at $9 an hour and not to exceed 400 hours.

-Accepted the resignation/retirements of biology teacher James Watt and gifted teacher Mary Kay Washam.

-Contracted with Land Approach LTD of Salem to provide turf maintenance services for the football field, at a cost of $1,940 for the 2013 season.

During the student highlight portion of the meeting, the board honored the students who participated in the art program at the elementary school. The students were Julia Long, Alex Schreffler, Mickenzie Shaffer, Joe and Kara DiLudovico, Emma Thompson and Aaron Hinchcliffe, and Mindy McGuire.

The board scheduled a work session on finances at 4 p.m. April 17. Its next regular meeting is 5 p.m. April 9.