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West Branch will continue to start school after Labor Day

By KEVIN HOWELL

Staff Writer

West Branch Schools will continue to start after Labor Day in the 2020-2021 school year.

The school board unanimously approved the school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year with the first day for students of Sept. 9, last day June 8 and commencement June 6.

Board member Karen Rice, who serves on the calendar committee, said everyone involved in the discussion agreed with starting school after Labor Day. 

The committee met with administrators and faculty members to develop two options for the calendar, as required by the collective bargaining agreement. The second option included a first day for students of Aug. 24, a break from Sept. 2 through 9, last day May 27 and commencement May 23.

In other business, the board accepted the retirements of high school English teacher Adrienne Lesnett at the end of the school year and bus driver Toni Henry effective May 1. Lesnett has been with the district approximately 15 years and Henry approximately 30 years, according to boardmember Karen Rice, who thanked both women for their service to the district.

The board also granted spring supplemental coaching contracts to Merrellyn Banks for boys tennis assistant, Cheryl Ficco and Lea Bock for girls track assistants, Garrett Hack and Dave Ruggles for boys track assistants, Frank Edie and Chris Dorris for middle school boys track and Carl Devanzo and John Hancock for middle school girls track. Boardmember Karen Rice vote no since Banks is the daughter of boys tennis head coach Elaine Bonar. She said after the meeting she is uncomfortable with relatives serving under each other on the same coaching staff.

Also at the meeting, the board approved Brooke Kuszmaul as an after school Title 1 tutor at Damascus Elementary; granted permission for the FFA students to attend the Future Farmers of America Ohio State Convention April 30 through May 1 in Columbus; approved statewide open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year; and accepted donations of $5,000 from Aultman Alliance Community Hospital and $2,500 from SES for Project Lead the Way as well as $1,245 in memory of Judy Greenawalt from various community members to the athletic department.

khowell@salemnews.net

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