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United board gets COVID update

HANOVERTON – The United Local School District will not necessarily be moving to remote learning based on the color level of Columbiana County.

Schools Superintendent Lance Hostetler reported to the board Wednesday night he is looking at more factors than just Gov. Mike DeWine’s color code for counties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hostetler said he communicates with the county health director and looks at how the virus is affecting the communities that make up the district.

He said if the county goes to red, the district will not necessarily move to remote learning. He said other factors include the level of community spread in the district and the cases within the student body and staff members. The amount of teachers quarantined and substitutes willing to replace them will also be a factor, he said.

Hostetler noted the number of cases in the community has decreased the past few weeks and the attendance rate of students is currently 93 to 94 percent.

Also at the meeting, Hostetler reported the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) will continue funding for free breakfasts and lunches for all students through the end of the school year

Hostetler said will pull the data to determine how many students are taking advantage of the opportunity, but treasurer Melissa Baker, who assists with the breakfast distribution, estimated there are 150 to 200 students eating breakfast.

Hostetler said the district is also providing meals to Eagles Nest students and sending meals home with students over the weekend in addition to the backpack program.

Additionally, Hostetler reported he is closing open enrollment for the school year unless it is an extenuating circumstance. There area a total of 217 students in and 85 out. The most entering the district are from Salem (82), Southern Local (41), West Branch (26) and Minerva (25); while the most exiting the district are to Salem (27), West Branch (20) and Minerva (11).

In other business, the board granted 10 extended days for Todd Huda, elementary assistant principal, for helping coordinate Eagles Nest Academy prepare for remote learners during the summer break; set the exclusive substitute nurse pay at $110 per full day; and approved Danielle Satterfield as a volunteer to work as various tasks throughout the school.

The board also granted supplemental contracts for the 2020-2021 school year to Susan Laughlin for community education coordinator, Matthew Mowery for TV studio advisor, Samantha Muniz for senior class advisor, Betty Whiteleather for community outreach, Betty Whiteleather for freshman class advisor, Betty Whiteleather for junior class advisor, Betty Whiteleather for Ruri-teen Club, Betty Witheleather for sophomore class advisor, Betty Whiteleather for student council advisor, Noleen Moore for Key Club advisor, Danielle Burch for National Honor Society, Ann Cooper for head resident educator mentor, Elaine Meals for Academic Challenge advisor, Lindsay Brothers for Spanish Club advisor, Kristi Urmson for FCCLA, Jackie Sanor for ASL Club, Nome Baker for jazz band, Matthew Mowery for newspaper advisor and Corey Hill for junior high robotics.

Additionally the board granted winter sports supplemental coaching contracts to Kenneth Beaumariage for varsity wrestling, Jacob Kilroy for assistant wrestling, Justin Mitchell for junior high wrestling, Cody Dickens for eighth grade boys basketball, Josh Sigler for varsity girls basketball, Corey Leek for assistant varsity girls basketball, Ryan Burd for ninth grade girls basketball, Todd Sarchet for eighth grade girls basketball, Luke Williams for seventh grade girls basketball, Gary Herold for varsity bowling and Sarah Jones for varsity basketball cheerleading; and approved Terry Leek as a volunteer for varsity girls basketball.

The board also accepted $1,585 from community individuals, organizations and companies to the Taylor Phillips Memorial.

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