United hires assistant principal

HANOVERTON- The United Local school board Wednesday night hired a new elementary assistant principal.

The board approved a three-year contract for Paul Andrew Trotter to replace Ed Ridgeway. Schools Superintendent Steve Viscounte said Trotter is currently an administrator at a Statesville, N.C., school and will likely begin near the end of September. The Beaver Local area native has 15 years of administrative experience including in the East Liverpool district.

The board also hired Krista Fitch for computer technology/teacher on a one-year contract and approved a supplemental contract for her for T.V. Studio. She had previously served as the technology coordinator in the Hillsdale Local School District Ashtabula County the past 15 years.

“These are two really good grabs late in the year,” Viscounte said of the hires.

In other personnel business the board hired Valerie Kidder of Salem as an intervention tutor for at risk high school students for 26 hours a week for the 2013-2014 school year; and Kimberly Barth of Salem as an intervention tutor for at risk students at the Louis Tobin Attention Center for 24 hours a week and Leslie Arter of Lisbon as a part-time Tobin secretary for up to five hours per week to assist with access to multi-county records and tracking, both to be funded through Title I-D.

The board also accepted retirement effective Aug. 17 of bus driver Diana Strudthoff who had been with district the past 26 years; and approved supplemental contracts for the 2013-2014 school year to John Renteria, assistant girls soccer, and Maggie Sell, assistant volleyball.

Additionally the board also approved a $23,000 service contract for 2013-2014 school year for three days a week to licensed social worker Jim Gardner as liaison and facilitator for Project Outreach, providing support and opportunities for families of students with disabilities to become more involved with their child’s education. Gardner will create educational activities and experiences for the individual and group participation as school and provide educational support by going to families’ homes. This is the second year of the program.

Also at the meeting the board accepted donations of $1,850.05 from Matthews family to assistant in purchase of art supplies and recognized Hanoverton on its bicentennial.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the auditorium.