Columbiana Schools want to get dads more involved

COLUMBIANA — A new program is being implemented at the Joshua Dixon Elementary School to encourage more participation from students’ fathers.

School Principal Kim Sharshan told the board of education during last week that many times it is students’ mothers who are more available to the school due to their work schedules or being stay-at-home moms.

“They are parent-volunteering all the time. They are there a lot with their kids, and not a lot of dads,” she said.

The monthly program is through All Pro Dad’s Day, an organization with several chapters in schools across the nation.

The program would be an extension of the Dads of Great Students (D.O.G.S.) group that is already available to fathers of elementary students.

“The goal would be to strengthen families, strengthen the community,” district parent Bruce Jeffries said.

The new program will be available from 7:30 to 8:20 a.m. April 7 and May 5 in the elementary art room.

Breakfast will be available for purchase from the cafeteria.

The group will continue meeting on a monthly basis, with fathers given the opportunity to participate in fun activities and interactive discussions with their children.

More information is available online at

In other business, the board approved:

— Rebecca Cuff as substitute teacher and Kelly Guerriero and Brooke Hitchcook as substitute support staff.

— Ryan Holmes as assistant track coach and virtual learning academy instructor and Zach Hertel as junior high boys track coach.

— Bill Sattler as varsity assistant basketball coach, John Rosati as junior varsity baseball coach, Harold McCue as varsity assistant softball coach, David Gigee as junior varsity softball coach and Nancy Tirpak as junior high girls track coach.

— Larry Baughman, Paul Hostetter and Hank Schlueter as baseball volunteers, Lauren Schlueter and Ray Steeb as softball volunteers, Hayli Davidson as track volunteer and Brianna Windon as Destination Imagination volunteer.

— The resignation of Nicholas Bachc, custodian, effective Feb. 28.

— The resignation of Lori Graham, cook/cashier, effective March 16.

— The resignation of Lance Hostetler, high school principal, effective at the end of this school year.

— A new three-year contract for Kim Sharshan as elementary school principal, with salary set at $80,765 the first year and increasing to $84,030 the third year, resulting in a two-percent increase to align with other staff increases.

— The high school program of studies for the 2017-18 school year.

— A resolution accepting students from any Ohio school district to attend classes in the Columbiana School District under the inter-district open enrollment policy for the 2017-18 school year.

— A two-year agreement with the Jefferson County Education Service Center to offer virtual learning academy, an Internet-based curriculum and delivery system designed for K-12.

— A memorandum of understanding with Youngstown State University’s College Credit Plus Dual Enrollment Program, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

— A memorandum of understanding with Eastern Gateway Community College for College Credit Plus services, effective Fall 2017 through Spring 2018.

— A master agreement with Kent State University for College Credit Plus services, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

— The retirement of James Forney, bus driver, effective July 31.

— The eighth-grade New York City field trip May 12-13.

The next meeting was set for 6 p.m. April 11.