Walls of South Range tunnel to be decorated with student artwork

BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The walls of the new pedestrian tunnel under state Route 46 at the South Range school campus will begin to look a little more like home soon.

Senior Theresa Numergut Monday night presented to the school board a proposal of artwork to adorn the tunnel’s two bulk heads and four wing walls she completed as her senior project this year. The artwork will include an assortment of images and text including the school logo and alma mater.

The artwork will be covered by an anti-graffiti sealer which schools Superintendent Dennis Dunham said would have been required anyway.

In other business the board approved the purchase of a new bus from Myers Equipment in Canfield for $82,739 after trade-in. Dunham reminded the board that the district has a 23-bus fleet with four spares and that the oldest are 20 years. He said the newest is two years old and that the district is currently off its bus purchase cycle, which could lead to increased maintenance costs.

The board also approved art and family consumer science camps for elementary and middle school students for one week this summer. The teachers will donate their time and the PTO will fund the camps.

Additionally the board hired Lisa Gorby as a Saturday detention monitor, Chris Hoff as a clock operator and Paula Skrinyer as a ticket taker; granted a supplemental contract to Jodie Pilmer as high school musical director for this year; and approved for the high school drama department school employees Robin Protain, Jeff Dicesare and Kim Hvisdos as choreographer and musicians, respectively.

Also at the meeting Dunham reported that the district has scheduled June 12 and 13, a Thursday and Friday, as calamity make up days. Seniors will not be required to attend since the days fall after graduation, he said.

Dunham also noted that he will present policies regarding drug testing for seventh- through 12th-grade students in extra-curricular activities and transportation and activity fees for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. He also reported that superintendents of schools in the Inter Tri-County League will be voting next month on a new league structure of three tiers based largely on geography that will take effect for the 2015-2016 school year.

Additionally resident Richard Ferenchak requested the board approach the Salem City School District regarding sharing a superintendent position. Salem’s current superintendent, Tom Bratten, is resigning after this school year while Dunham is seeking re-employment with South Range after his retirement this summer, and Ferenchak suggested the districts may be able to save money through a cooperative agreement.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the K-12 campus band room.