West Branch will hold in-person graduation

BELOIT — West Branch graduates will have an in-person commencement this year.

Superintendent Micki Egli reported this week the graduation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. June 6 at Clinton Heacock Stadium, with rain dates of 7 p.m. June 7 and 8.

Egli said the ceremony is scheduled for outdoors since capacity will be limited to 25 percent if held indoors. The district’s largest facility is the old gym, which will only accommodate 325 at 25 percent, Egli said. The administrative team did not want to limit graduates to one or two guests, she said.

Egli also said the administrative team chose the dates for the ceremony to avoid disrupting graduation parties Saturday or Sunday evening that weekend.

Also at the meeting, Egli reported the district is partnering with a local health care provider to offer the Covid-19 vaccine to students 16 years and older. Parents will have to be present when the student receives the vaccine, she said, and a plan for the clinic is still being developed at this time.

Egli also reported the district is participating with eight other districts in a $150,000 RemotEDx grant through the Mahoning County Educational Center of Northeast Ohio that transitions building trades students into an apprenticeship program at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America’s training facility in Richfield.

Students enrolled in the wood shop classes will be able to enter the apprenticeship program after participation in all four years of high school.

In other business, the board approved the three-week, pre-kindergarten summer intervention program Success by Six funding through the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and named early learning center Principal Robert Graham as administrator.

The board also accepted the retirement of Julie Cheslik as literacy coach at the end of the school year and approved the job descriptions for literacy/mathematics interventionist and literacy/mathematics liaison.

Additionally the board accepted donations of $12,000 anonymously and $11,382.77 from the West Branch Athletic Booster Club for the high school soccer field.



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