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United schools post net gain with open enrollment

HANOVERTON — There are substantially more students open enrolled in the district than out, according to information provided by the district administration.

In a report to the school board this week, schools Superintendent Lance Hostetler noted there are 217 students open enrolled into and 87 out of the district this year. Those coming in include 73 from Salem, 38 from Southern Local, 33 from West Branch, 25 from Minerva and 21 from Carrollton while those leaving are mostly attending West Branch (22), Salem (20), Lisbon (15) and Minerva (14).

Hostetler also reported the district will continue with its mask requirement but administrators are hopeful for better local community spread numbers in the next few weeks.

In other business, the board approved Michelle Murphy as health services support liaison at $30,000 without benefits for the remainder of the school year, paid for with the county health department tracing grant and the remainder of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) Fund monies; and a consulting agreement with David Starcher to provide services such as train custodial staff, contact vendors and work with administration on guidelines to be implemented, effective until the services are complete at $50 per hour.

Additionally the board approved the retirement of Christina Henceroth as middle school teacher effective June 1, 2022; accepted the resignation of Amanda Medure as elementary secretary effective Oct. 15; set the substitute nurse pay at $125 daily and the substitute teacher pay at $100 daily, or $110 after two days or if retired from United; and hired Leslie Arter as a three-hour instructional secretary for the Tobin Center on a two-year contract effective Sept. 13, 2021 and Lyne Mercer of Salem as custodian.

Also at the meeting the board approved Paul Newburn, Sarah Jones and Dave Dees as fall/winter athletic volunteers for various assignments in the district; granted supplemental contracts for 2021-2022 to Susan Laughlin as community education coordinator, Matthew Fowler as TV studio advisor, Betty Whiteleather for community outreach, Whiteleather as freshman class advisor, Whiteleather as junior class advisor, Whiteleather as Ruri-teen Club advisor, Whiteleather as sophomore class advisor, Whiteleather as student council advisor, Noleen Moore as Key Club advisor, Heather Connor as high school art instructor, Elaine Meals as academic challenge advisor, Lori Conser as high school choir instructor, Conser as junior high choir director, Ann Cooper as head resident educator mentor, Meals as junior high academic challenge advisor, Lindsay Brothers as Spanish club advisor, Kristi Urmson for FCCLA, Jackie Sanor for ASL club, Shawn Hicklin as high school SAP coordinator, Beth McGaffick as elementary SAP coordinator, Kandace Cleland as fall play director and Jodine Pilmer as assistant play director; and granted athletic supplemental contracts for the 2021-2022 school year to Jacob Kilroy for assistant wrestling, Tyler Leitza for junior high wrestling, Jordan Phillips for assistant boys basketball, Tom Coffee for ninth-grade boys basketball, Cody Dickens for eighth-grade boys basketball, Nicholas Rhodes for seventh-grade boys basketball, Corey Leek for assistant girls basketball, Terry Leek for ninth-grade girls basketball, Todd Sarchet for eighth-grade girls basketball, Luke Williams for seventh-grade girls basketball and Gary Herold for varsity bowling.

The board also accepted donations of educational supplies for the elementary school from the Anthony V. Spano Foundation and $50 from Bill Smiley for the football fundraiser; and approved field trips for the high school band to Florida in April 2022 and the high school Spanish club to Costa Rica in June 2023.

khowell@salemnews.net

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