South Range BOE approves SRO contract

CANFIELD – The South Range school board this week approved a cost increase in school resource officer services with Beaver Township police for the 2021-2022 school year.

The board approved an agreement with Beaver Township for a school resource officer for $45,425. The amount is an increase from $36,350 for the 2020-2021 school year.

School Superintendent Bethany Carlson said the increase is the first in three years.

In other business, the board agreed to continue drug testing of students in non-academic activities for the 2021-2022 school year. Boardmember Taylor Christian said he feels the testing is casting a wide net to catch as many students as possible and he does not believe the district should be doing it. He said there are resources available for parents to do it.

Also at the meeting, the board approved an amended food service agreement with the Nutrition Group that allows for a shared service agreement for the 2021-2022 school year in which a representative will be available three days a week; agreed to continue the before and after care program for the 2021-2022 school year; increased substitute pay rate to $90 per day for the 2021-2022 school year to stay competitive with surrounding districts, according to Carlson; and accepted donations of $105,837.78 for the 2020-2021 school year.

Under personnel, the board granted one-year limited teaching contracts to Amy Hollister and Lauren Pavlansky; approved Heidi Guilliams as a math tutor and

Sandy Toy as an elementary summer bridge teacher; hired Trista Houk, Krista Hosler, Marni Toot, Heidi Guilliams, Kim Vivacqua and Brooke Stewart for the elementary and middle school summer bridge/tutoring program.

The board also approved Denver Kittle as summer seasonal help; Colleen Marshal as an instructional aid for the 2021/2022 school year; and Meri Coler-transportation, Dee Brumbaugh-transportation, Carla Yankowski-transportation, Ken Alquist-transportation and Kylie Tullis-cleaner as seasonal transportational and custodial help.

Additionally the board accepted the retirement of Carol Dawson effective June 17. Dawson has worked as an intervention specialist at the elementary for over 14 years.

According to information provided by the board, Dawson started her career in the K-3 building in North Lima where she created her own specialized classroom for students with special needs. Over the years, she has worked with students with many diverse needs and she has always looked for creative ways to meet the needs of all of her students. Dawson has served on various committees and has always been willing to pick-up any duty that was necessary to help make the day run smoothly.

The board also accepted the resignation of Charn Creed, instructional aide, effective June 7. She has been an asset to the special needs population and staff and will be greatly missed, according to Carlson.

Also the board approved supplemental contracts for the 2021-2022 school year to Heather Livesay, middle school cheerleading; Jeff DiCesare for high school vocal; Jeffrey DeRose, varsity softball coach; Alexis Roach, junior varsity assistant softball coach; Paul Munson, assistant baseball coach; Terry Kenney, assistant varsity cross country coach; David Buzzacco and Tyler Bradley, co-middle school football coach; Alex Dickey, Chris Patrone and Zane Kreidler, middle school assistant football coach; Danielle Buzzacco, volunteer cross country coach; and Troy Scott, volunteer high school girls basketball coach.

The board scheduled a special meeting for year end appropriations at 7 a.m. June 30 in board offices.

The nest regular board meeting has been changed to 7 p.m. July 26 in the K-12 campus auditorium.


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