SALEM - The Salem school board reinstituted the use of an athletic trainer at varsity sports events Monday, with Superintendent Tom Bratten citing both safety and liability reasons.
The board approved a contract for the 2012-2013 winter sports season with Megan Gustaevel of Alliance, a trained and certified athletic trainer who works for a physical therapy firm and agreed to accept payment of $50 per event.
Bratten explained that the last time the district had a trainer at sporting events was about 10 years ago and the cost then was $18,000 for trainers to be at practices and attend games. In this case, the cost for Gustaevel will be $1,450 for the winter season and the Salem Athletic Boosters have agreed to cover the bill.
Under the agreement, she'll cover varsity events for boys and girls basketball and wrestling. In the event that more than one sport is playing at a time, she'll attend the event with the greatest potential for injury and be on call for the other events.
The district has Dr. Walter Dombrowski on the sidelines for varsity football games, and paramedics at reserve and junior high football games, but hasn't had doctors or medical personnel of any type on the sidelines for other sports.
Bratten recalled there was a scare during a soccer game this fall at Marlington when a Marlington player went down. Dr. Dean Economous of Salem happened to be in the stands and helped out.
"We need medical personnel at all our games," he said.
In other business, Bratten offered thanks to administrators and teachers at Reilly Elementary for their work during an extremely difficult week last week in dealing with the loss of fourth grade student Olivia Thompson, who died Nov. 10 after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. He said their prayers and thoughts continue to go out to her family.
During her report, Reilly Principal Cindy Viscounte said she and the staff wanted to thank the district psychologists and counselors who came to the school during their time of need to help them and to help the students. The group included Lisa Lorubbio, Larry Truzzie, Valerie Sullivan, Jamie Kemats and Tracy Bosheff.
"They were invaluable in getting us through that first day," she said, adding they continued to come back throughout the week.
Bratten and the board, led by board President Brad Myers, thanked interim Treasurer Michael Bichsel for coming to their rescue in August when the person they chose to replace former treasurer Jill Rowe resigned before officially starting. Bichsel had just retired as treasurer at Canton schools and agreed to step in.
Liberty Local Schools Treasurer James Wilson was hired last month to become Salem's new treasurer. He was present for the meeting Monday, which was Bichsel's last meeting, and will begin his duties Dec. 1.
In other personnel matters, the board approved: Reana Johnston, Emaly Munholand and Heidi Wilhelm as substitute teachers; Monica Akerley, Tyler Matthews and Kaitlyn Petrilli as band volunteers; John Miller as assistant fall play supervisor; Justin Hideg as a volunteer for varsity wrestling; Caroline McDermott as a volunteer for boys/girls swimming; Hank Brock as non-football weight room supervisor; Heather Egolf as 2.5 hour cafeteria cashier at Salem High School and Stephanie Stiffler as 2.5 hour cafeteria cashier at Buckeye Elementary.
The donation of an American flag by Patty Colian and family was accepted.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the high school library.
Mary Ann Greier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org