BLMS names new assistant principal


CALCUTTA — A veteran Beaver Local school educator has been chosen to be the new middle school assistant principal.

Mason Seachrist was hired at this week’s board meeting to replace Connie Shive, who retired at the end of the school year. He was chosen from 35 applicants.

A 1994 Beaver Local graduate, Seachrist went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Mount Union and later obtained a master’s degree in curriculum and another in education leadership (administration), both from Ashland University.

Seachrist has taught at Beaver Local for 21 years, the first 18 at the middle school, where he was language arts, science and social studies instructor. For the past three years he has been a fourth grade teacher.

He and his wife live in Canfield with their two sons. Seachrist was hired under a two-year contract, with a starting salary of $67,624.

“We’re excited to have Mr. Seachrist,” said school Superintendent Eric Lowe.

In other action, the board:

–Renewed the district’s liability insurance policy with Holloway Insurance at a cost of $71,760.

–Approved the purchase of a new Ford F-350 pickup truck and plow from Tri-State Ford for $50,674 and a new school bus for $86,515 from Truck Sales & Service. Both were made through the state purchasing program.

–Renewed its contracts with the Mahoning County Education Service Center ($63,035) for curriculum and intervention services and the Columbiana County ESC ($198,234) for services for special needs students and operating the school district’s preschool program.

–Accepted retirement notices from cook Pam Barrett as cook and bus driver Steve Wright.

–Hired Amanda Davidson as a 7th grade language arts teacher.

–Named Allison Clutter assistant band director and Chandlee Fockler as color guard advisor.

The board also filled the following coaching positions: Carmen Pugliano, middle school volleyball; Jason Pacanowksi, head boys basketball; Stephanie Coie, head girls basketball; David Allen, varsity assistant football; and Maria Parfitt, girls golf and swimming.