LISBON - Despite a last-minute change in auto body repair, the start of the school year went quite smoothly at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, according to Superintendent Chuck Adkins.
As the school year started, new auto body repair instructor Thomas Dawson reportedly decided he was not ready to be a lab instructor. The board accepted his resignation Tuesday only moments before approving the hiring of his replacement, Kevin Barnett.
Adkins said the school is fortunate to get Barnett, especially this late in the year. Barnett has 21 years of experience in auto body repair and actually started with students on Monday. Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello said once Barnett has a chance to get adjusted, parents of students in the program will be notified about an evening to come out and meet him.
Adkins credited the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center with providing him quickly with a list of quality candidates that school had interviewed when its had a recent opening.
The board also approved several contracts during Tuesday's meeting. Masten Ferrier was appointed as the after-school and Saturday school detention monitor. Donna Moser was appointed as the tobacco cessation trainer. When asked by board member Mark Hudson about the tobacco cessation trainer program, it was explained students caught with tobacco products are sent to meet with the trainer instead of disciplined. The idea is to teach the students more about the dangers of tobacco use, which reportedly has been popular with the parents of students.
Dr. Karl Getzinger was appointed as the physician on record. Jeri Glen was reclassified as an instructional aide in the cafeteria.
The board also approved Wade Boley, Matthew Schrieber and Jeffrey Shipman as industrial instructors for the adult education program.
In other matters before the board:
- The board voted to approve consideration for the Ohio Schools Facility Commission program, which has helped other schools expand. Adkins told the board they are first on the priority list among career and technical schools. However, he does not believe they are interested in passing any bond issues to pay for a project. Instead he plans to explore whether some of the renovations the school has recently done on its own would qualify as the CTC's share.
- Graduation for the next class of licensed practical nurses will be held on Friday, Sept. 28.
- Corbisello announced he recently attended a conference in Youngstown for those involved in the Utica Shale projects and industry. He made several contacts with businesses in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, telling them about the recent renovation and improvements to the school's welding and material joining programs. Corbisello said he believes some of these companies are interested in joining other local companies in working with students from the CTC with the goals of one day working for their companies.
- The next meeting of the CTC board is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 16.