LISBON - The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center board last week began filling some of the positions as they prepare for next school year.
Terry Hutson was hired as the adult education assistant director and given a three-year contract paying $55,777 annually. The board also approved Alex Porter as the adult education financial aid/reporting coordinator, offering a one-year contract with a salary of $33,345.
Superintendent Chuck Adkins said the hiring of those two employees will help lighten the load for adult education coordinator Kelly Weikart, allowing her to do more things and move the program down other avenues.
Carolyn McCune was hired as the adult education LPN program coordinator for next year. Additionally, Nina DeLullo was hired as the PN program coordinator and Theresa Peck was hired as the adult education nurse lab coordinator.
A long list of instructors were hired for the upcoming year for various positions in the adult education program. New for the upcoming year will be Tony Barbuto, a chemistry and physics instructor. Adkins said Barbuto comes with more than 30 years of teaching experience. Thomas Dawson was hired as an auto collision repair instructor.
In the classified staff, Joshua Wease was hired as a custodian and Cynthia Pugh was hired as a secretary and receptionist. Adkins said Pugh has worked in the building in another capacity before and has lots of experience working with Career Center students and faculty.
"I'm happy about all the positions we've been able to fill," Adkins said. "I feel we were really fortunate to find each and every one of them."
In other matters before the board:
- Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello announced laptops are being purchased for seniors, which they will be allowed to sign out this school year. It is hoped the laptops will give seniors, who often work outside of school hours, additional time to work on their required senior project.
- The welding and joining lab is a little behind schedule, but Adkins seemed positive it will be completed. The project had four change orders, including one large credit for unnecessary finish on the floor. The program was also given a donation of a horizontal milling machine from IGS, Inc.
- Although the adult education catalogue is not yet out, Weikart said there is already interest in many of the programs. Catalogues will be out in mid-July and radio advertising is already being heard.