Superintendent: Road work slated to be over before start of school

LISBON- While the West High Street project is expected to be completed before school starts, school Superintendent Don Thompson said they could get by a for a while if the work needs to continue.

“But it would be a pain the neck,” Thompson told the Lisbon school board at last week’s meeting.

He told them the general contractor for the project informed him they would be finished by Aug. 24, a Saturday, two days before the new school year begins.

West High Street runs parallel behind the junior-senior high school, and the contract for the work was awarded on June 28. The key improvements include resurfacing the street and installing a new concrete gutter system along the north side of the street.

Thompson said he heard the village was considering extending the project to include concrete gutters on the south side, and the school district could get by if council opted to do so, although it would be an inconvenience for the street to remain torn up after school starts.

Village Fiscal Officer Tracey Wonner was contacted after the meeting and she said any plans to extend the West High Street project have been abandoned because of how much it would cost to do the additional gutter work.

After learning there would be $38,000 left over from the $232,000 project, village officials contemplated installing gutters on the south side of West High Street until they learned it would cost an extra $124,000, Wonner said.

In other action at the meeting, the board:

– Approved Tom Thayer, Brad Cox and Joe Chuck as volunteer football coaches and Nikol Mundy as junior high cross country coach.

– Granted 2 percent pay raises to EMIS coordinator Kay Marshalek, administrative assistant Patricia Smith and assistant treasurer Vicki Browning Prowitt. These are the same raises recently granted teachers and non-teachers as part of new union contracts with those groups.

-Rehired Patricia Stewart as a second-grade teacher under a one-year contract and at the starting salary level. Stewart recently retired as first-grade teacher in the school system.

– Hired North Star Critical Care of East Liverpool to provide ambulance services for the fall sports season for $35 an hour but on an as-needed basis.

– Accepted a $14,327 donation to the athletic department from the Touchdown Club.

The next board meeting is 5 p.m. Sept. 10.