West Branch OKS personnel for pre-kindergarten summer program

BELOIT — The West Branch school board Tuesday night approved personnel action in preparation for its pre-kindergarten summer program.

The board approved Damascus Elementary Principal Fritz Schlueter and Knox Elementary Principal Robert Graham as Success By Six Administrators for the Summer 2019 Program.

The Success By Six program is funded by by the United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley. It is a pre-kindergarten readiness program geared toward children who need a boost before officially starting school.

The students go through a four-week summer program that prepares them for their academic careers as well as their social and emotional development.

Information about Success By Six can be found at www.ymvunitedway.org/success-6.

In other business, the board granted supplemental coach contracts for the 2019-2020 school year to Michael Brown for head boys golf, Elaine Bonar for head girls tennis, Penny DeShields for head volleyball, Cheryl Ficco for head girls soccer, Matt Thomas for head boys soccer, Denise Ginocchi for head cheerleading, Walt DeShields for head girls basketball and Chris Dorris for head wrestling.

The board also accepted the resignation of Mallory Hughes as bus driver effective May 3, hired Amber Patti as a middle school guidance counselor for the 2019-2020 school year and approved Marissa Frame as a home instructor for the 2018-2019 school year on an as needed basis.

Also at the meeting, the board granted permission for the fourth grade at Damascus to travel to Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh May 21. The Damascus Partners in Education (PIE) will pay for the chartered busing and a portion of the admission costs, with the parents covering the rest.

The board also accepted donations of $20,000 from the West Branch Band Boosters for the band trip, $157.45 from Competitive Edge Fitness & Dance for the Knox Robotics program, $20 from Bridget Scofinsky for the Knox Robotics program and 19 Document cameras valued at approximately $100 each from the Middle School PIE for use in middle school classrooms.



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