Southern looks to add new classes

SALINEVILLE — High school principal Gerald DelBoccio told the Southern Local school board Thursday he would like to see every student in grades 9-11 carrying at least seven classes next school year.

DelBoccio said to that end he is working to create some new classes, such as a journalism class which will encourage students to have a school newspaper. DelBoccio also suggested he is considering a leadership class and others to help students develop.

Additionally, the school will be teaming up with their partners at the Jefferson County Education Service Center to offer virtual classroom classes. Superintendent John Wilson said the Jefferson County ESC offers a long list of courses and using them is free to the partner districts.

Checking the Jefferson County ESC website on the virtual classrooms shows classes offered include Greek mythology, financial literacy, art history, history of rock-n-roll, business math, aviation, forensic science, economics, Latin and a long list of other classes which could help a student prepare for testing they are required to take.

There are also classes designed to enrich students in grades K-8, as well as the high school classes.

During Thursday’s meeting the board approved spending $2,000 to upgrade the amount of fiber optic space the district can use at a time to one gigabyte. The additional space should be helpful when virtual classes are streaming or when students are completing upcoming online tests.

In other matters:

— The recent influenza outbreaks in the area have prompted Wilson to look at getting electrostatic technology for the cleaning staff. The devices positively charge ions in the liquid in the machine and spray them toward surfaces which allows them to be disinfected. The ions are able to even reach into cracks and crevices harder to reach with a rag and can be used on both hard and soft surfaces in areas around the school and on buses.

— The board approved several coaches for the spring — Rich Sloan, boys assistant varsity track coach; Eric Nejus, girls assistant varsity track coach; James Malone, junior high boys track coach; Mike Skrinjar, junior high girls track coach; Andrew Vulgamore, assistant softball coach; and Gerald Grimm, assistant baseball coach.

— The board renewed the contract with the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office to have a school resource officer for the next three years.

— The board approved the county auditor’s estimate for property taxes for 2018.