Leetonia BOE supports bill to cut mandates

LEETONIA–The Leetonia school board Thursday night approved a resolution in support of a state Senate bill that will deregulate public education.

The board unanimously approved the resolution of support for Senate Bill 216. Schools Superintendent Rob Mehno said the legislation is a deregulation bill that will stop some of the mandates for public education.

Mehno noted the bill as it currently stands would eliminate the 30 hours of gifted training, remove Value Added from teacher evaluations and change teaching licensure back to K-8 and 9-12.

Other area school boards have also passed a resolution of support including Columbiana.

In other business the board approved Cathy McCoy as a classroom volunteer and granted supplemental contracts to Larry Duko for boys eighth-grade basketball coach volunteer, Jeffrey Kibler for American Government end of year test tutor and Josh Faulkner for seventh-grade basketball head coach.

Additionally the board granted the snow removal contract for the 2017-2018 school year to B&S Terrain Contracting and accepted donations of $250 from Ohio State Eagles for the elementary, $100 from Ohio State Eagles for junior high cheerleading, $100 from Ohio State Eagles for high school volleyball, $50 from M. Susan Frenger for the Rob Perkins Scholarship Fund, $500 from Mark and Maria Frenger for the Rob Perkins Scholarship Fund and $240 from various community members for the John Woods Scholarship in memory of Suzanne Holloway.

Also at the meeting, while approving supplemental activity budgets board member Larry Duko suggested the district absorb the copyright fees for the Drama Club, which could relieve some of the pressure of fundraising for the students. Mehno noted the club presents one play each year.

Other board members agreed with Duko.