Ohlinger hired as Eastern superintendent

By Lorna Hart - lhart@civitasmedia.com

REEDSVILLE — Eastern Local School District announced that a new superintendent has been named at their most recent meeting.

The board approved entering into a contract with Steve Ohlinger effective June 1 through July 31, 2019. Ohlinger will replace outgoing superintendent Scot Gheen.

Current high school Principal Shawn Bush received a five-year contract to continue in his position.

The board went on to move ahead with numerous staffing contacts, after first approving the minutes from their regular April meeting and two special meetings in May. Also OK’d were the financial reports for the month of April as submitted, and the final five-year forecast and notes for fiscal year 2016 as submitted by the treasurer for submission to Ohio Department of Education.

The board also approved an amendment to the Permanent Appropriation Resolution and certified additional revenue to the Meigs County Auditor.

The board entered into executive session. After moving to return to the regular session, the board approved the following Pupil Activity Contracts and Supplemental Contracts for the 2016-17 school year: Supplemental Contracts: Josh Fogle, head cross country coach; Jeremy Hill, head boys basketball coach; Katie Williams, head varsity volleyball coach; Debbie Barber, varsity high school cheerleader advisor; Pat Newland, head football coach; Josh Mummey, play director; Pupil Activity Contracts: Juli Simpson, assistant high school volleyball coach; Brittany Casto, seventh grade volleyball coach; Ally Hendrix, eighth grade volleyball coach; Laura Cleland, junior varsity high school cheerleader advisor; Jacob Parker, head varsity girls basketball coach.

Patty Nutter and Lesa Sidwell will become classified substitutes for the 2016-17 school year on an as needed basis pending proper certification.

Summer hiring for Eastern Local included Sheryl Roush as the 2016 Summer OGT Instructor and Rachel Marten-Swindler as the 2016 Summer School Instructor.

The board accepted the resignation of Jordan Moore from the Spanish teaching position at Eastern Local High School effective upon completion of the 2015-16 school year.

Continued membership was approved for the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2016-17 school year.

The new, updated, revised, replaced and deleted by laws,policies and administrative guidelines were approved as recommended by North East Ohio Learning Associates (NEOLA), an educational consulting firm.

The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services (MCDJFS) effective May 2, 2016, through Aug. 31, 2016.

They also accepted a contract with Jefferson County Education Service Center for access to the Virtual Learning Academy Curriculum for the 2016-17 school year.

An insurance proposal from Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority (SORSA), for property, liability and fleet coverage for the period of July 2016 through July 2017 in the amount of $50,689 was approved for the district.

The next regular meeting of the Eastern Local Board of Education will be Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary library conference room.

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


By Lorna Hart