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South Range officials watching CIVID cases by zip code

CANFIELD – South Range school administrators are keeping a close eye on COVID-19 cases within the district’s zip codes when looking at the governor’s color levels.

Superintendent Bethany Carlson this week told the school board she continues to monitor the case numbers in the zip codes within the district when considering what color level Gov. Mike DeWine declares Mahoning County. She noted the county is currently in red, but the increasing number of cases is in the upper northeast corner of the county, not along the Columbiana County line.

Carlson said even though many individuals suggest closing schools if a county reaches the purple level, the highest in DeWine’s system, the district’s reaction will be determined by the results in the local zip codes.

In other business, Carlson reported the district will be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students through the end of the school thanks to funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Also at the meeting, the board agreed to advertise for bids on a new 71 passenger conventional school bus.

Carlson noted the board had advertised for bids in the spring, but did not receive any. The purchase was put on hold at that time due to the pandemic, but the state reopened a bus grant application due to the district having a bus damaged in an accident. The district received $31,749 toward the purchase, which

will replace the bus damaged in the accident.

The board also approved an updated agreement with the Power for Schools consortium that sets a lower electric rate.

Additionally, the board approved Melody Quiroz as an English Language Learner Teacher, Tracey Smrek as a part-time educational aide, Samantha Sacconi as a part-time educational aide, Mason Minno as a custodial volunteer and Paul Munson for DJ services.

The board also granted supplemental contracts for 2020-2021 to Kristen Szabo for swim coach, Jordan Graham for swim coach, Brock Miller for seventh grade girls basketball coach, Kalie Luklin for eighth grade girls basketball coach, Josh Smith for assistant girls basketball coach, Troy Scott for assistant girls basketball coach, Mark Giesy for eighth grade boys basketball coach, Will Klucinec for assistant boys basketball coach, Dave Markulin for assistant wrestling coach and Courtnay Chandler for mentor teacher; and approved as volunteer coaches Thomas Titus for seventh grade boys basketball and Chuck Colucci for wrestling.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the K-12 campus auditorium.

khowell@salemnews.net

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