Activity slows down for summer at Career Center

LISBON – With summer here, some things have slowed down at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center.

Superintendent Chuck Adkins told the board on Tuesday he has received no resignations at this time and he would like to hope it will stay that way for the upcoming school year.

“We are delighted with the staff we have in both high school and adult education,” Adkins said.

Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello reported 154 students participated in the awards ceremony on May 20, receiving their career path certificates. That was a larger number than a year ago.

Many of the students went off to compete in local and regional competitions. Corbisello highlighted two students for the board, who both advanced to national competitions.

Howard Gumbel, a Beaver Local student, already attended a national competition in Computer Network Technology, placing 106 out of 387 participants in one area and 15th overall. Additionally, he was able to successfully test for two certificates in network security and technology.

Another student, Alex Holsinger of Crestview, will be attending a national competition soon after placing first in the state competition in principles of engineering and technology.

While many graduated, Corbisello announced next school year there are 243 incoming juniors to the career center. Of those, 142 are part-time and 101 are full day.

While summer cleaning is currently ongoing at the career center, a large paving project is scheduled to begin in July. The board approved a contract with Central Allied Enterprises Inc. for $377,800. Adkins said the bid was $900 below the next lowest bidder. There were five bids for the project, although one left out part of the project. Still the best bid was $51,200 less than the engineer’s estimate.

The paving project will include several parking lots and the driveway. Additionally, Adkins said it will address some of the drainage issues with the parking lots. Finally, it includes striping and the creation of a bus lane.

In other matters:

– The board approved summer intervention contracts for Masten Ferrier, social studies, and Jamie Stacy, science.

– The board approved the cafeteria prices for next school year, which will remain the same.

– The board approved substitutes for the upcoming year, Bryce Bezdek, Brenda Brush, Hildy Deemer, Nancy Gilmore, Jeri Glenn, Patrick O’Neill and Robert Rarick.