Teacher rehires top Meigs Local agenda

By Lorna Hart - lhart@civitasmedia.com

POMEROY — The Meigs County Board of Education recently voted to approve the re-employing of teachers for the 2016 school year.

As recommended by Superintendent Rusty Bookman,the following teacher contracts were approved pending completion of all administrative requirements and upon their respective principal’s evaluations: one-year contracts were given to Matthew Ashcraft, Ben Eberts, Tonya McKee, Mandy Roush, Richard Borders, Edmond Fry, Nicholas Michael, Adam Smith, Amie Buffington, Sarah Guthrie, Melissa Morris, Tracy Stone, Katie Corbitt, Richelle Hecker, Amanda Newsome, Kellie Trout, Kelly Drummer, Joy Hysell,Meghan Parry, Jennifer Dunn, Paul Jewell and Eric Penrod.

Three-year contracts were approved for Heidi DeLong, Janel Kennedy, Krista Sinclair, Abby Harris, Cathy Lentes, Sonya Tarsoly, Elizabeth Harrison, Erica Metts and Amanda Tope.

Carrie Chancey, Courtney Irvin, Denise Russo, Lindsey Doudna, Joni Jeffers, Lindsay Smith, Danielle Dugan, Nikki Lambert and Kellie Triplett were re-employ on five-year contracts.

Margaret Barr, Meigs Primary Librarian, was rehired on a one-year contract, as was Carmen Manuel, seventh-grade science teacher at Meigs Middle School. Manuel was rehired on the recommendation of Vickie Jones, Meigs Middle School principal.

Irene Murphy, Meigs Intermediate School principal, recommended the rehiring of Rita Simmons, fifth-grade teacher at Meigs Intermediate School, on a one-year contract.

John McKinney and Thomas Tucker were given the go-ahead as a substitute custodians for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year as recommended by Paul McElroy, director of operations.

Approval was given for Ryan Jeffers to be a paid assistant baseball coach for the 2016 season as recommended by Brent Bissell, head coach.

Anna Peterson was hired as a substitute personal assistant for the remainder of the 2015-16 school. Peterson was recommended by Karla Brown, Special Education coordinator.

The resignations for retirement purposes effective Aug. 19, of Kevin Sheppard, vocational agriculture instructor, Margaret Suzanne Bentz, interactive media instructor, and Bennie Wright, maintenance, effective April 30, were all approved.

The board accepted the resignations of Nathan Jeffers as fourth-grade intervention specialist at Meigs Intermediate School, and J. Scott Cleland, eighth-grade intervention specialist at Meigs Middle School effective Aug. 19.

A motion was made to non-renew all 2015-2016 supple-mental contracts effective at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year, as recommended by Bookman.

Tom Cremeans, Denise Russo, Adam Smith and will be taking 18 career/technical students on an overnight field trip to compete in the 2016 SkillsUSA Ohio Championships at the Convention Center in Columbus, April 26 and April 27.

According to their web-site, SkillsUSA is “a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.” The group provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in school classrooms.

The board convened to executive session at 8:19 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the hiring and compensation of personnel. The session ended at 9:47 p.m. with all board members present.

In other business, the board approved the minutes of the March 18 and 21 special meetings and the March 22 regular meeting as presented. The March financial report and the months expenditures were also approved.

Director of Transportation Dean Harris reported fuel costs are still down. Harris distributed reports on pricing and in-district moves. He also provided information concerning fatalities, and presented a report indicating fatalities are rare, and that school buses are one of the safest modes of transportation in the United States.

Kristin Baer, Meigs Primary principal, presented video on the summer reading program. She explained to the group how important summer reading is to low-income students.

Payment was made to Pat Mullen Construction for installation of steps at the Meigs football stadium hill in the amount of $17,180 from fund 003 and Wilson Language Training Foundations program for Meigs Primary School was approved for $47,853. The revised permanent appropriations of $32,779,435 were also accepted.

The next regular meeting of the Meigs County Board of Education is scheduled for May 10 at 7 p.m.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.

By Lorna Hart