South Range getting parking improvement at sports complex

BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The sports complex at South Range Local schools will have improved parking until permanent facilities are installed.

The school board Monday night granted permission to the South Range School Foundation to pursue contractors to install a stone parking lot on the west side of the field at the complex east of state Route 46. Schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham said the approximately 380-foot lot will be built on the site of future parking. The area is currently grass covered, but still used for parking at the complex.

The project will be completed at no cost to the district or taxpayers and all right, title and interest to the parking lot improvement will be transferred to the district as a charitable donation.

In other business, Dunham reported that the district has 86 new students, including 52 through open enrollment, enrolled for the coming school year as of Monday night. When considering the additional 22 employee open enrollment students, the district will be collecting state funding for 108 students more than last year, he said.

The board approved an open enrollment policy for the first time for this coming school year for grades kindergarten through six in an attempt to increase revenue in its battle against a projected operating deficit in fiscal year 2015.

Enrollment has been closed in kindergarten and third grade, but the district is still accepting applicants in the other grades, Dunham said.

“Little by little we’re seeing gains,” he said.

Additionally Dunham reported that construction on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s pedestrian tunnel under state Route 46 at the entrances of the K-12 campus and the sports complex has begun, with the culvert set and current construction of catch basins and the walkway. He said the road is projected to be open by Friday and the project, which also includes a turn lane installation on state Route 46, completed by mid-October. The project is being completed at no cost to the district.

Also at the meeting, the board accepted the resignation effective Oct. 31 of Paul Cubick as director of transportation. Cubick, who has been an employee at South Range for over 40 years as teacher and bus driver, is currently working under a retire-rehire contract.

“Mr. Cubick has been [a] very effective and dedicated professional in all capacities,” Dunham said. “He will be missed by his colleagues and the entire South Range family.”

The board also accepted the resignation of physical education teacher David Purins effective July 22; and hired Mallory Jones and Mamie Spencer as tutors and Meri Coler and Jack Nemergut as a part-time bus drivers.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the K-12 campus.