Lisbon band back in blue

LISBON – The high school band is sticking with blue and white as the primary colors for its new uniforms.

Junior/High School Principal Joe Siefke reported after this week’s school board meeting that the band booster club recently chose new band uniforms that will retain the school’s traditional primary colors of blue and white.

In December, Siefke reported the booster club was considering new uniforms with black as the primary color, sparking debate among administrators and the board. At the time, Siefke emphasized the school teams are the Blue Devils, and Superintendent Don Thompson warned that it would be a complete break with tradition to get away from blue and white as the school’s primary colors.

In the end, the boosters chose a uniform that keeps with tradition, although black will be used as an accent, Siefke said. Black is already used as an accent in the football team’s uniforms.

During the board meeting, Thompson reported they continue to share bus services with the Columbiana County Education Service Center, which is being expanded to include the Beaver Local school district and the county Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Lisbon joined with the ESC several years ago as way to save money by sharing supervision and costs in regard to operation of its bus system, and dispatching services are being added to the list. Thompson said the inclusion of two more members will not result in any cost increase for Lisbon.

The board also:

– Will be looking for a new athletic director following the resignation of Don Feren, who is completing his fourth year on the job. The board also accepted the resignation of second-grade teacher Patricia Stewart, who retired last year but was rehired.

– Renewed its contract with Nutrition Inc. to continue operate the district’s cafeteria system for $9,800, which is a 1.4 percent increase over last year, according to Treasurer Cindy Shultz.

-Hired the following people as summer custodians at $8.50 an hour: Patty Boyd, Valerie Hochmann, C.J. Dawson, Brandon Hull and Tammy Morris.

-Renewed the following teaching contracts: Amanda Adkins, elementary; Kyle Bing, high school English; Kelly House, elementary; Lauri Sauerwein, physical education/health; James Watt, science/online administrator; Amy Cappuzzello, math/technology; Adam Fill, technology; and Melody Allison, guidance.

-Renewed the contracts of Kella Haren, nurse; and Colleen vanLeeuwen, library/media.

-Renewed the contracts of: Patricia Boyd, Elaine DeSellem and Lou Thompson, instructional aides; Dawn Dunn, pre-school aide; and Katherine Callahan, nurse’s aide.

-Renewed the contracts of: Rita Heim, bus driver; John Less and Jayne Hawkins, custodians; Michelle Hall and Audrey Willard, food service; and Christine Freeland, secretary.

– Hired Farnham Equipment Co. to replace gymnasium bleachers for $24,994 and Buckeye Sports Floors to resurface the gymnasium floor for $3,420.

– Accepted a $3,500 donation from the Ohio State Eagles Charity Fund through the Lisbon Touchdown Club. The money will go into the athletic department account.