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Transportation duties to be shared

October 13, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - The school district intends to contract with the Columbiana County Educational Service Center to share transportation administration duties following the loss of Lisbon's bus supervisor.

Robert Marra, whose resignation was accepted at this week's Lisbon school board meeting, quit to become transportation supervisor at Southern Local High School.

School Superintendent Don Thompson said he approached the ESC about sharing the position because the ESC is also in the process of looking for a transportation supervisor. He said the merger is made easier by the fact both districts already share the same bus garage.

Thompson said the ESC has yet to hire a transportation supervisor, and he said there may be the additional cost of contracting for mechanical services because Marra also served as bus mechanic.

In other action, the board hired DSV Builders of Niles for $19,800 to perform additional work at the football stadium, which will include encircling the War Memorial with decorative fence and erecting three lighted flag poles.

Thompson said smokers attending football games are prohibited from smoking inside the stadium and have begun congregating around the memorial at halftime to smoke.

"The concern is people aren't showing it the proper respect," which is the reason for the fence and flagpoles, Thompson said. "Plus, we had wanted to enhance that area anyway."

The money for the project will come from the district's permanent improvement fund, but the community's Stadium Improvement Committee is likely to contribute some funding, just as it has with the other stadium improvements.

The board also submitted the biannual financial forecast as required to the Ohio Department of Education. The report shows the district with a healthy balance for the next several years, but Treasurer Cindy Altomare pointed out expenditures have begun outpacing revenue, which, if the trend continues, will result in a budget deficit by 2017.

The board ended the most recent school year with a $3.6 million balance despite expenditures exceeding revenue by $303,000. "The fact we sit on the cushion we have is our advantage," Thompson said.

The board also heard from teachers Jodie McCullough, Beth Hiscox and Nikol Mundy, who were responsible for acquiring educational grants totaling $10,881. The money was used to purchase science-related books to encourage reading, create a geocaching game, monitor the local effects of global warming, engage in rainwater collection, and provide home energy-saving packets for students.

The student spotlight portion of the meeting was on Jessica McKee and Glen Wernke, senior Key Club officers, who spoke about all of the organization's community service and fundraising projects.

The board also approved the following personnel moves:

- Granted a leave of absence through the rest of the year to school bus driver Kathie Johns.

- Approved Ryan Snyder as a volunteer coach for the varsity boys basketball team.

- Awarded the following supplemental basketball coaching contracts: Dave Crismon, assistant girl's varsity; Mark Pezzano, girl's junior varsity coach; Allison Bell, eighth-grade girl's coach; Doug Andric, assistant varsity boy's coach; Todd Johnson, eighth-grade boy's coach; AJ Ondrey, seventh-grade boy's coach.



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