WB Middle School recognized

BELOIT –The West Branch Middle School has earned recognition as a School of Momentum for 2016.

Reno Contipelli, northeast regional manager for the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), present a certificate to the middle school at the school board meeting Thursday night. Several faculty members joined principal Roger Kitzmiller in accepting the award, which the school earned from the Ohio Department of Education for receiving all A’s in student growth on the annual local report card.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work,” Contipelli said, citing the efforts of students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members. “You’re doing a lot of good things here at West Branch.”

Kitzmiller praised the teachers’ “regular, consistent efforts in the classroom” for helping the students achieve success.

“They do a great job with the students and curriculum, the job they do in providing the encouragement and support our students need,” he said.

Also at the meeting, Contipelli recognized Lori McLaughlin for 10 years service on the school board.

Under personnel, the board recalled Holly Zion Morrow as an educational aide, hired Heidi Wilhelm as a home instructor and accepted the retirement of custodian Scott Hume effective Dec. 15.

The board also granted a supplemental coaching contract to Penny DeShields as girls assistant basketball coach, with board President Lori McLaughlin voting no, as well as supplemental coaching contracts to Victoria Thewes as volunteer gymnastics; Mike Davidson, volunteer swim; Caroline McDermott, volunteer swim; Joel Szymanski, varsity wrestling assistant; Tyler Pidgeon, junior varsity wrestling; Travis Pidgeon, junior varsity wrestling; Ben Kazimir, wrestling; Mike Helm, wrestling; William Pigg, middle school wrestling; and Trae Hillyer, middle school wrestling; plus Traci Courtney as ticket taker.

The board also approved a change order with NorthStar Asphalt for an access road resurfacing at a $5,000 reduction, granted permission for the Young and Alive Show Choir and Jazz Band to travel to Orlando, Fla., from Dec. 26 through Jan. 3 and accepted donations of $100 from Ramsey Financial Group the district for opening day, $549.96 from the Northeast Ohio Veterans Association/ZOETIS to the FFA and $120 anonymously to the NHS.

Additionally the board approved the disposal of two 2000 65-seat buses, with mileages of 177,336 and 199,992, to the highest bidder. After the sales all buses in the fleet will be 2001 or newer. There are 21 regular buses and seven spares in the fleet.