United school board OKs personnel changes

HANOVERTON- The United Local school board Wednesday night approved several personnel hires and transfers.

The board hired Kim Salmen of Kensington as elementary multi-sensory reading intervention teacher (K-3), Kerri O’Donnell of Salem as elementary guidance counselor, Lydia Wilmoth of Salem as a third-grade teacher, Victoria Adams of Hanoverton as a special education/intervention specialist and Cody Jones of Alliance as a high school social studies teacher.

The board also approved staff transfers of Sandy Tedeschi from special education to sixth-grade teacher, Andrea Groubert from fifth-grade teacher to literacy coach (K-3) and Lorraine Raymond from high school social studies teacher to junior high guidance counselor.

In other personnel action, the board accepted retirement effective Aug. 31 of bus driver Ron Hawkins, who has been with the district for six years, and hired Mary Koah of East Rochester as a substitute bus driver and summer student helpers Adam Taucher as technology assistant and Blaine Reiter as custodian.

The board also approved supplemental contracts for the 2013-2014 school year for Celeste Baronzzi, assistant cross country; Jackie Mercer, ASL advisor; Curtis Jones, assistant varsity boys soccer; Amanda Wood, volunteer coordinator; and Loretta McLaughlin, Community Education coordinator.

The board also approved as 2013 summer intervention teachers Jarrod Niederhiser, OGT math; Ryan Burd, OGT reading and writing; Shawn Hicklin, OGT science; Lorraine Raymond, OGT citizenship; Kim Salmen, elementary summer intervention; Abbie Joyce, elementary summer intervention; Kelly Mellinger, Intro to Kindergarten; and Patricia Kober, Intro to Kindergarten.

Additionally the board approved joining the Portage Area Schools Consortium (PASC) for group insurance purchasing and contracted with Employees Benefits International as a broker; and approved second and final reading of Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES) policies which determine efficiency and effectiveness of teachers and principals in the overall operation of the school, as well as the second and final reading of the Restraint and Seclusion Policy which develops a positive behavioral intervention and support system consistent with components set forth by the state school board.

The board also renewed its classroom rental agreement with the Columbiana County Community Action Agency for the United Head Start preschool for $900 per month in the Brautigam Center for the 2013-2014 school year; approved fundraiser 7 p.m. Aug. 17 of 5K run and walk to benefit the Gavin Ward Memorial Scholarship fund; and accepted a $500 donation to be used to promote healthy student behaviors from the 2013 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) for participation in a national survey collecting anonymous data regarding use of tobacco products by middle school students.

Also at the meeting board member Mike Ellyson reported to the board about possible state legislation that would make career and technical center school board position state appointed, which he said would eliminate accountability to local taxpayers. Board President John Zehentbauer, who is the career technical director in Mahoning County, said that he believes the amendment has already been killed.

A fiscal year end meeting has been scheduled for 7 a.m. June 27 at the high school.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 17 in the high school Library.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net