United school board OKs replacing visitor beachers at football stadium

HANOVERTON- The United Local school board Wednesday night agreed to move forward with replacing the visitor bleachers at the football stadium.

The board approved for the proposed project Buehrer Group Architecture and Engineering associates, which has completed architectural plans, specifications and bidding procedures. Sue Drotleff cast the only dissenting vote. The board also approved the disposal, including sale of the seating, of the current bleachers, which have been ruled unsafe for use.

In other business the board accepted the retirements of elementary guidance counselor Elma Lou Rosler, with the district 22 years, effective Aug. 13; third-grade teacher Crystal Collins, with the district 25 years, effective June 30; and junior high guidance counselor Cathi Friend, with the district seven years, effective June 30.

The board approved summer student employees Ashley McLaughlin, Emily Bokanovich and Garrett Beech for custodial; Jeffrey Kalbfell, bus helper; and Ian Hardgrove, technology.

The board also accepted the resignation of Shannon Clunen as eighth-grade volleyball coach for 2013-2014 and approved volunteer coaches Dave Ward, Sean Weyant, Mitch Phillis, Tony Sluss and Matt Richards, assistant football; and Megan Weyant and George Summers, health aide.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a five-year financial forecast submitted by Treasurer Kathy Davies projecting a cash balance of $4,698,504 this year, $4,195,200 in 2014 and $1.7 million in 2017.

The board also approved its management, goals and objectives for 2013-2014, with Sue Drotleff casting the only dissenting vote; updated its Safety and Emergency Management Plan, stating the district’s response to any type of crisis situation, through 2015; and approved the first readings of Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, Ohio Principal Evaluation System and Restraint and Seclusion policies.

Additionally high school Principal Bill Young recognized Kari Hart and Zarah Strong for recently being honored at the Columbiana County Educational Service Center’s “Heads Above the Rest” breakfast for scoring in the top three percent in the county on the ACT or SAT college entrance exams. He also recognized chemistry and physics teacher Ann Cooper for receiving the Star Educator Award at the breakfast.