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Beaver Local puts off new board member decision

CALCUTTA — The Beaver Local school board will wait before filling a vacant board seat.

The board finished interviewing candidates during the closed portion of Monday’s meeting and were expected to make a decision at the conclusion, but school Superintendent Eric Lowe said they decided to hold off making a decision until all four remaining members could be present. Jerry Barnett missed the meeting because his vehicle broke down on the turnpike.

Six people applied for the board seat vacated when Patrick Clutter stepped down in July. Clutter’s term expires Dec. 31 and would have been up for re-election in November. Six people applied for the vacancy — John Campbell, Brian McKenzie, Charles Councell, Robert Saphore, Shelley Simms and Brad Buchheit — and all but Saphore have filed candidacy petitions with the Columbiana County Board of Elections to run for one the three board seats up this year.

Lowe said they are looking at scheduling a special meeting next week to make the appointment.

During the regular portion of the meeting, the board took care of routine business in advance of the new school year, which starts Aug. 26, including hiring two new teachers to fill vacancies — Hannah Cochran (second grade) and Tina Shaffer (high school math).

Other new hires include Shannon Wheatley (secretary) and Jamie Neville (2-hour cook).

Supplemental contracts, which are generally contracts for staff performing extra duties, were awarded to Ken Chupa (assistant varsity football coach), Andy Reeves (testing coordinator) and Molly Young (RESA program coordinator).

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