Leetonia school board president resigns seat

LEETONIA- School board President Doug Jones has resigned his seat on the board.

The board Thursday night accepted Jones’ resignation effective Aug. 1. He will be moving to Stark County.

A Leetonia High School graduate, Jones has been on the board since January 2000 and has served as a volunteer coach in basketball and softball.

“I’ve enjoyed serving the community, watching the school grow,” he said after the meeting. “Academically we’re excelling, so it’s been an exciting time. I’ve been proud to be a small part of that.”

District resident and fellow alum Dan Votaw commended Jones on his leadership and service to the school.

“Leetonia graduates are well prepared for college and university success. Furthermore, the scholarships available to Leetonia graduates are unmatched by any other school of our size,” he said, noting that Jones was also instrumental in the construction of the K-12 campus.

The board presented Jones with a framed photograph of the K-12 campus signed by the other board members.

In other business, the board appointed Jones to the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center Board of Education for a three-year term commencing in August.

According to CCCTC Superintendent Chuck Adkins, new state legislation allows partnering school to appoint someone other than a current school board member to fill a vacancy on the CCCTC board to three-year terms not to exceed two terms. Jones was currently Leetonia’s representative on the CCCTC board.

Adkins said he believed Jones’ appointment is good for the both Leetonia and the CCCTC because of his experience, knowledge and past contributions on the board.

Also at the meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Laura Nappi as mathematics teacher effective Aug. 1, as well as her supplemental contracts for National Honor Society, SADD and middle and high school detention.

The board also hired Terry May Jr. as a five-hour custodian retroactive to July 15 through Aug. 31, Lori Deem as a math teacher, Ruth Cerrone as elementary secretary and Brandon Frenger and Chelsie Sauerwein as Title 1 tutors.

Additionally the board approved coaching contracts for the 2013-2014 school year for Mike Mancuso, girls seventh-grade basketball, and Will Jones, girls eighth-grade basketball; supplemental contracts for the 2013-2014 school year for Laura Markovitch, SADD advisor; Marcia Duko, middle school detention; and Debbie Bair, high school detention; and Luke Nappi as a volunteer with the marching band for the 2013-2014 season.

The board also accepted donations to the weight room project of $50 from Beverly and Joseph Billet and $1,000 from Ron and Jennifer Graff.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in Room 20 of the K-12 campus.