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Joshua Dixon gets new outdoor learning center

Submitted photo Shown are raised flower beds at a new outdoor environmental learning center at Joshua Dixon Elementary.

COLUMBIANA — Students at the Joshua Dixon Elementary School will be able to experience a new outdoor environmental learning center thanks to the efforts of a Columbiana High School student.

Caleb Buchheit presented the learning center to the Columbiana Board of Education last week, showing the work that was done over the summer at the elementary school’s former courtyard.

Buchheit created the outdoor learning center for his Eagle Scout Project, with help from others and items donated from various businesses.

The project transformed the former courtyard by adding 12 raised flower beds, bird houses, benches, picnic tables, and even a green house.

Buchheit said 12 yards of dirt was donated by Garwood Arena and Nate Compte for the raised flower beds and wood for the six bird houses was donated by Carter Lumber.

Submitted photo Columbiana High School student Caleb Buchheit presents to the school board an outdoor environmental learning center he spearheaded at Joshua Dixon Elementary as an Eagle Scout project.

Carter Lumber also supplied the new wood frame for the pad for the greenhouse and extra gravel was supplied by Colians Landscape.

The gas auger used to dig the post holes for the bird houses was donated by United Rentals.

Also during the meeting the board recognized Megan Cowan, music director.

Cowan was nominated for the Key Clipper Award by Charles Miller.

The board presents Key Clipper awards each month to a staff member, student or volunteer to recognize their service to the district and their role as a “key” to the district’s striving for excellence.

Miller said in his nomination that Cowan is an integral part of the school community, and inspires students to achieve at their personal best.

“Mrs. Cowan exemplifies the talent, dedication, and leadership needed to build and sustain an exceptional music program. Following the adaptation of the music programs because of Covid-19, Mrs. Cowan directed her energy and efforts toward what the students need to return to an inclusive, accepting, and empowering music experience,” Miller said.

He went on to say that her dedication to students was also apparent through her work on the spring musical.

“The successful performance of a high school musical is not an easy undertaking. However, Mrs. Cowan did this with excellence,” he said.

In other business, the board approved:

— The resignation of Hannah McCoy, individual aide, effective Aug. 12.

— The resignation of Casey Harris, individual aide, effective Aug. 12.

— The employment of James Fantone, substitute teacher.

— The employment of Christine Morozov, individual aide.

— The employment of Tony Setinsek, permanent substitute bus driver.

— The employment of Spencer Biser, custodian.

— The employment of Laura Salyers, custodian.

— The employment of Charity Kibbe, substitute nurse.

— Supplemental contracts for Maria Chamis, Mark Bush, Susan Cappuzzello, Jennifer Fry, Zach Hertel, Ryan Holmes, Amy McCormick, Diane Mediate, Allison Moran, Trisha Nord, Austin Saverko, and Ronald Stallsmith.

— Jodi Bussard as substitute support staff.

— Brooke Hitchcock, Monica Mackim, Frances Shaw, and Bridget Wolsonovich as band volunteers.

— Adrianna Goehring and Kenneth Wilson as soccer volunteers.

The next meeting was set for 6 p.m. Oct. 11.

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