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CCCTC announces summer construction project

LISBON — The Columbiana County Career Center (CCCTC) is preparing for yet another summer construction project.

Superintendent Chuck Adkins reported at this past week’s meeting this will be another project to benefit those in the expanding adult education programs. Then he plans to turn his attention to the needs of the high school students the following year.

Last summer, the CCCTC created new restrooms for the adult education students and remodeled the current lobby for the building. Adkins said they were starting to look at design schematics for the latest improvements.

The latest project will create an entrance and a lobby for the adult education program on the west side of the building, separate from the high school entrance. There would also be the potential to add parking over on that side of the building.

The meeting was moved online, not only due to COVID-19, but also due to the inclement weather.

While there have been 203 individuals at the CCCTC affected by coronavirus quarantines or positives, Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello said there were two positive cases, both students, that week which only required 12 people to quarantine.

Like the county numbers, the numbers of cases at the CCCTC have plateaued or even declined, according to Corbisello. At this point 18 high school students are choosing to remain remote while the rest are attending in person classes.

About 90 percent of the eligible high school staff at the CCCTC elected to receive the first dose of the vaccine on Feb. 4 and the second doses are expected on March 4.

Corbisello also reported this year’s Skills USA and FFA projects are all virtual this year, often based on written tests. While it will not be the same has competing against their peers in person, the competition will still give students an opportunity.

Adult Education Director Dr. Kelly Darney said the incoming registered nurse program just accepted 40 new students and there will be 35 graduating soon from that program. The school is currently accepting applications for enrollment for the licensed practical nursing program with entrance testing in March.

In other matters:

— The board accepted the resignation of Cynthia Hawk, who serves as the superintendent’s secretary and the EMIS coordinator. Hawk gave the board nearly a year’s notice, listing her retirement date as Jan. 1, 2022.

— The board accepted a donation of materials from Masonry Materials Plus of Youngstown for the Landscape Environmental Design program. These are fireplace and retaining walls materials for the students to use for practice.

— The next meeting of the board of education is scheduled for 7 p.m., March 16.

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