ESC joining other counties for sub management system

LISBON – The local Educational Service Center board voted to approve a contract to join forces with ESC agencies of other counties to utilize a substitute management service.

The contract is with Rachel Wixey and and Associates, which is partnering with ESCs in Cuyahoga, Loraine, Medina and Columbiana counties.

Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn said several companies were interviewed regarding the task of providing services to obtain substitutes. The idea is to reduce or eliminate duplication of payroll and human resources throughout the participating districts. Cuyahoga County ESC for instance will handle the payroll.

In Columbiana County, Lisbon schools have already signed onto the program. Vaughn said at least two other county schools are at least interested.

Substitutes will be able to fill out one application and note their interest in serving at several local schools involved in the program, and the payroll will be handled by the one entity. Vaughn said training could be handled together also, so substitutes from multiple areas could be trained at once and the costs would be shared.

In other matters before the ESC board:

– The board accepted the resignations of Patricia Ewing, gifted teacher; Kimberly Marcinko, school psychologist; as well as resignations of Kathryn Stevens, Serina Wright, Danielle Ramus, and Shannon Mulichak, whose positions were not noted.

– The board approved the hiring of Justin Paul Haren, supervisor of special education; Jennifer Hill, literacy coach; Shelly Zeh, literacy coach; Heather Yoho, literacy coach; Stephanie Patrick, literacy coach; Sharon Whims, literacy coach; Tara Bycroft, occupational therapist; John Klem, intervention specialist; Sarah Haren, itinerant preschool teacher; Jennifer Hartman, preschool intervention specialist; Karen Marcu, gifted teacher; and Chelsea Allender, speech language pathologist.

– The board also approved payment for up to 10 days for Dianna Griswold to complete Help Me Grow evaluations; approved employment of David Brown, tech assistant for East Palestine schools; approved a truant officer, Jacci Dalonzo, for the Southern Local schools; and approved five additional days for David Bertsch, who serves at the Beaver Local schools.