Disabilities Board approves last minute items

LISBON – With the school year starting Monday, the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities (BDD) held a short meeting Wednesday led by Superintendent William Devon.

The board approved several items including new nursing computer equipment for roughly $3,500, a contract renewal with Medicaid Consulting Group at $1,800 for cost report and other financial services, school transportation routes, and monetary support of a rodeo to take place for all of its clients. The rodeo, slated for late October, would take place at Simmons Equestrian Center in Negley.

Also approved was the sale of one of its buses to Transit Service in Youngstown for $2,500. Devan cited that due to lack of interest from anyone else in Columbiana County, the board decided on the sale to Transit.

“Normally we would reach to another school district in Columbiana County,” Devan said. “We would try to keep it in the county. This time we weren’t able to do so.”

The board also approved contract renewals of seven employees: Holly Adams, habilitation manager at EDI-Central; Tammy Blankenship, home visitor supervisor/central intake manager; Philip Carter, production/facility manager; Richard Fithian, behavior supports manager; Andrew Garber, assistant director of education; Susan Hertel, assistant business manager; and Julie Shea, manager of Help Me Grow/Early Intervention.

The contract of an eighth employee, Melissa McCauley, was also approved as she will now develop HIPAA policies on confidentiality and computer security. McCauley resigned July 18 from her position as the board’s director of public and community relations.

The board also discussed changes in certification and registration in the Ohio Revised Code regarding continuing education for workshop employees. The new law calls for 40 hours every five years, down from the 60 hours required, giving employees better opportunity at certification renewal.

Devan also noted toward the conclusion of the meeting that installation of security cameras at the Robert Bycroft School should be completed by next week, finishing later than expected.