Clip comes up shy on credentials, fund-raising

COLUMBIANA -A man brought on by the Columbiana School District as a head baseball coach in December is no longer part of the program, and $4,000 is needed from the general fund to cover “over-promised” fund-raising efforts for new uniforms.

Superintendent Don Mook confirmed Tuesday that Kyle Moore opted to leave the coaching position after he was told he could not fully coach until he completed his credentials, which he never did.

Moore’s contract was approved pending verification of credentials. Because of that, he was never officially working on a contract and was not fired, Mook explained.

It was the first coaching position he held for any district, and Mook said he was initially chosen because of his college baseball background and knowledge of the game.

Mook said he met personally with Moore at the end of March and advised him at that time that he had until April 15 to complete his credentials and until then could not do any formal coaching.

“We hire people with the intent they are going to complete their credentials. He elected not to and quit coming,” he said.

Following the March meeting the coaching was split between Brian Dickens and Larry Stacey. Stacey has since moved over to coach the junior varsity team and Dickens remains on as head coach of the varsity team, which has a record of 3-13 so far this season, winning three of their last six games.

The varsity team is playing in its first tournament today against Lisbon.

During the regular Board of Education meeting Tuesday Mook said $4,032.59 was needed from the general fund for the baseball fund-raiser fund to pay for the new uniforms purchased on credit earlier in the year.

“The dollars were expected to come in through fund raising. Now we do not have money to pay for these,” he said.

After the meeting he said Moore had said he would be able to secure some of the funding, but it never “came to fruition.”

Fund-raising is shared between the coaching staff who work together with the booster clubs. The $4,000 advanced from the general fund and must be paid back by the Diamond Club.

In other business, Mook announced Boak and Sons is expected to start working on the new roof over South Side Middle School at the end of this month or the beginning of June. The company is running slightly behind due to the weather but anticipates the roof will still be finished before the start of the next school year.

The board approved:

– A resolution accepting students from any Ohio school district to attend classes in the Columbiana district under the inter-district open enrollment policy for the 2014-15 school year.

– One-year contracts for 15 certified people and a continuing contract for teacher Melanie Strohecker, effective immediately.

– One-year full-time contracts for Jan Goehring and Kristy Cyrus and a one-year part-time contract for Nancy Bacon.

– Jeff Jackson as middle school math teacher for the 2014-15 school year, and Neely Jack as substitute support staff and Pam Shriver as substitute teacher.

– One-year supplemental contracts for the 2013-14 school year for Holly Ferguson, Saturday school monitor and director, high school musical, and Neal Chiprean director and musician, high school musical. Ferguson received $842 and Chiprean $200 for their contracts for the high school musical.

– The resignation of Neal Chiprean, effective at the end of this school year. Mook said Chiprean left the position to pursue a master’s degree in music.

-Musical contracts for the 2013-14 school year were also awarded to Alison Morris ($200), Eric Bable, Jackie Mortimer, Bill Richter Roger Lewis, Matthew Watkins, Scott Miller and Dan Paterson, who received $105.25 each.

– Tracee Stinedorf as Destination Imagination volunteer and non-renewal of 10 long-term substitute teachers.

– The updated five-year financial forecast, which had minimal changes since it was originally drafted in October, according to Treasurer Lori Posey. No deficits were projected until 2017 and 2018, when the district is anticipated to be over revenue by $80,000 and then $316,000, although the overall cash balance will remain in the black, with $2.8 million projected for 2018, down from $3.2 million projected for 2016, the highest of the five years beginning with 2014.