United superintendent to retire in 2015

HANOVERTON- The United schools Superintendent Steve Viscounte will retire following the coming school year.

The school board Wednesday night accepted Viscounte’s retirement effective June 30, 2015 after three years in the position.

Viscounte said he is retiring due to changes in retirement rules and announced it in advance so that the board will have plenty of time to find a replacement.

“I appreciated working for the past and present board members who have been supportive and the number of outstanding people that I have been in contact with in the school and community,” he said in a written statement. “Not too many people can say that they can go out on top, but I feel blessed to have that ability to do that. I cannot think of a better place to end my career than United Local Schools.”

Viscounte said he plans to continue working in education in some capacity.

In other business the board accepted the resignation of Kelsie Crowder/Sulzener as third-grade teacher and hired Jennifer Gross of Salem to the position effective Aug. 25. The board also hired Anita Morgan of Hanoverton as a special needs bus driver effective Aug. 25 and Ashley Kennedy and Jessica Smallwood as K-2 intervention summer school teachers.

Additionally the board approved athletic supplemental contracts for the 2014-2015 school year to Matthew Mowery, assistant athletic director; Ken Lewis, Ryan Burd, Frank Baker and Jordan Phillips, assistant varsity football; Jake Kilroy and Ryan Powell, freshman football; Cody Jones, eighth-grade football; Tony Sluss, assistant eighth-grade football; Brian Lippiatt, seventh-grade football; Chad Wood, assistant seventh-grade football; Spencer Widlicka, varsity boys soccer; Curtis Jones, assistant boys soccer; Zach Barkley, assistant girls soccer; Chad Weber, assistant volleyball; Megan Frederick, seventh-grade volleyball; and Kathy McCartney, girls tennis. The board also approved Dave Ward and Bob Cooper as volunteer assistant football coaches.

Also at the meeting the board approved EMT Inc. to provide ambulance service for 28 athletic events at an approximate cost of $4,328 for the 2014-2015 fall sports; renewed membership in the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding for $641.50 for the 2014-2015 school year; renewed its one-year contract with the Multi County Attention Center to provide educational service to the Tobin Center; and renewed Don Harrison as water supply technical supervisor effective Aug. 1, 2014, through July 31, 2017.

The board also accepted donations of $6,191 to the boys basketball team for a shoot-away machine from Bob and Linda Sebo and $200 anonymously to the varsity cheerleaders for help with News and Views.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 in the high school library.