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Beaver Local hosts training aimed at dangers of vaping

LISBON — School administrators across the county are looking at ways to lessen the appeal of vaping, which appears to be affecting a younger demographic, Beaver Local Schools Superintendent Eric Lowe said.

Vaping is the use of electronic cigarettes, which allows users to inhale an aerosol into their lungs that is produced when the liquid contained in the e-cigarettes is heated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about two-thirds of 15-24 year olds using the most popular e-cigarette, JUUL, do not know that it always contains nicotine. Furthermore, the CDC also says that a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.

Lowe said he and other county school superintendents gained valuable information about the dangers of vaping among minors from the county’s Drug Task Force during a recent training hosted by the district.

The Drug Task Force led the training that focused on drugs and school safety.

“It was good to hear from the drug task force about additional information in regards to how many products associated with vaping are targeted at young people,” Lowe said.

He went on to say that all county districts are working to improve education surrounding vaping and the dangers “associated with this behavior that seems to be occurring at younger ages annually.”

In addition, the CDC says that parents should be aware that while JUUL is currently the top selling brand in the U.S., other companies are selling e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives and that these devices can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.

Lowe provided the Beaver Local Board of Education with a brief overview of the training during the Monday board meeting.

“We were pleased to host the training,” he said. “Schools continue to examine ways to be proactive in working to support social and emotional needs of both staff and students as we work to ensure that our school communities can reach their maximum potential.”

He added that the district is grateful for the relationship is has with the St. Clair Township Police Department and other county agencies that would provide support in the event of any emergency.

In other business during the board of education meeting, the board approved:

— A reading of NEOLA policies relating to Copy of Use of Medications and Care of Students with Diabetes.

— The student iPad user agreement.

— The bus route master schedule.

— An agreement with the Columbiana County Educational Service Center to participate in Project Inspire.

— A resolution of intent not to provide career technical education for seventh and eighth grades.

— Athletic season pass prices, set at $225 for family, $85 for adult, $45 for students, $45 for senior outside of district, and $125 for seasonal family.

— Updated adult meal prices, which are $2.55 for breakfast and $4.05 for lunch.

— The hiring of Anthony Meyer, elementary health/physical education teacher; Jodie Bock, middle and high school special education teacher; Kerry Bettross, third grade teacher; Barbara Morgan, 2-hour cafeteria worker; Pamela Wilson, bus driver; and Kasie Stevenson, bus driver.

— Supplemental contracts for John Miller, head golf coach, and Shawn Dunn, assistant boys soccer coach.

— Several volunteers and substitutes.

— An unpaid leave of absence for Kathy Beaver for the 2022-23 school year.

— An executive session to consider the employment of an employee. No action was taken.

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