Career Center board extends officials’ contracts

LISBON – With yet another renovation project under way and finances doing well this past year, the board of the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center voted Tuesday to give five-year contract extensions to both the superintendent and treasurer.

Treasurer Katherine Bosco and Superintendent Chuck Adkins will continue in their current positions with all the terms of the current contract remaining the same.

Bosco reported to the board this year revenue exceeded expenses and encumbered balances by $36,000. Even more telling was adult education, which at one time in recent years was operating with a negative balance. This year the revenue exceeded expenses and encumbered balances by $81,500. Bosco said the expenses in adult education this past year included the purchase of more than $200,000 in new equipment purchased for the new welding and materials joining lab, which opened last fall. Additionally, the adult education hired two new staff members.

“It shows they are truly growing,” Bosco said of the adult education program.

This year’s renovation project is under way. Adkins reported to the board the need for a $19,365 change order to improve the lighting being ordered to LED.

Adkins reported the media center will be getting new carpet next week. Some of the old classrooms are being demolished with walls coming down. Adkins said the contractors are working well together and things are going smoothly so far.

In other matters:

– Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello, along with some of the high school instructors from the automated material joining program and others, will be attending the High Schools That Work regional conference in Charlotte, N.C. Much of the cost for their attendance is paid through a grant which helps to cover continuing education for the program.

– Adkins informed board members a change in state law may affect who can serve on the CCCTC board and for how long. Term limits may stop board members from serving more than two terms. Adkins said he will be checking with the school’s attorney for an interpretation of the new law.

– J.R. Straley was given a one-year contract as a culinary instructor. He had been the chef at Salem schools food service.