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Leetonia BOE gets update

LEETONIA – Interim Leetonia Schools Superintendent Dr. Andy Tommelleo provided an update on the COVID-19 closure of the school at the school board meeting Tuesday night.

Tommelleo reported teachers attended an in-service day the Monday prior to the shutdown to collaborate on technology for online education of students. Teachers log in from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. using Google Classroom or ClassDojo and are being very diligent in providing the virtual education.

“One thing is, we will come out of this, grown in the capacity to teach and be more creative,” Tommelleo said.

The district is providing lunch to students, with 80 served on Monday and 98 on Tuesday, Tommelleo said. Parents can sign up for the service on the district’s website with three options available including point of delivery, at the school or home delivery. The entire staff is working together to deliver the meals, he said.

Additionally, Tommelleo reported school nurse Melanie Stelts is working with the Columbiana County health department as a specialist for tracking and inspecting COVID-19 claims. He said the board will have to approve a memorandum of understanding with the department and if school resumes, the contract will end.

Also at the meeting, Tommelleo said if the school remains closed for the year, the district will have to hold a graduation ceremony for its seniors at some point, but that it is still too early to make a decision. He responded to a question from board member Richard Hendricks who asked how the seniors would be honored under the current shutdown. The board approved diplomas for 56 seniors for the commencement currently scheduled for May 24.

khowell@salemnews.net

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