United school board OKs handbook revisions

HANOVERTON- United Local High School is changing with the times.

The school board Wednesday night approved revisions to the junior and senior high handbooks, notably the permitted use of cell phones during lunch at the high school level. High school students are already permitted to use cell phones in the classroom for curriculum related reasons.

“Technology is growing fast and we’re just trying to keep up with it,” said Bill Young, high school principal.

Revisions to the handbook also prohibit yoga pants and permits flip flops at the high school level.

In other business the board accepted the resignation of Matthew Mowery as a boys varsity basketball coach and Kevin Phillips as an eighth-grade science teacher, for which he had been serving as a substitute since February, effective at the end of the school year.

The board also granted a supplemental coaching contract to Sam Mathias for varsity girls basketball and awarded two-year teaching contracts to Kenneth Beaumariage, Lindsay Brothers, Shawn Hicklin, Jake Kilroy, Elaine Meals, Samantha Muniz, Cindy Neiswanger, Jennifer Schaeffer, Lori Conser, Kelsie Crowder, Brittany Grimm, Sarah Garn, Chris Kadvan and Sue Laughlin; and one-year teaching contracts to Krista Fitch, Cody Jones, Mike Ward, Samuel Mathias, Victoria Adams, Morgan Hiltbrand, Kerri O’Donnell, Jennifer Russo, Kimberly Salmen and Lydia Wilmoth. The board also awarded two-year contracts to bus drivers Angela Chaplow and Mary Koah.

The board also approved extended time for the following staff members to work beyond the school year: Dennis Klaustermeyer, computer technician, 46 days; Douglas Sutton, vocational agriculture, 40 days; Lynn Linsley, high school counselor, 38 days; Lorraine Raymond, junior high counselor, 10 days; Kristine Urmson, vocational home economics, 10 days; Krista Fitch, technology coordinator, 10 days; Denise Ward, high school librarian, five days; and Kerri O’Donnell, elementary school counselor, five days.

Also at the meeting the board accepted donations of $5,222 to the athletic department from the United Booster Club for track uniforms and $3,012.59 to the class of 2014 from the After Prom Parents; approved a band and choir trip to Chicago March 20 through 22, 2015; and approved its 2014-2015 management, goals and objectives.

The board also approved a calamity make-up day at end of year. Schools Superintendent Steve Viscounte said that the students had already used five blizzard bag days, but that the Ohio Department of Education would not accept two of them since the Ohio Revised Code only permits the use of three.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 21 in the high school library.