LISBON — Boards for the Columbiana County Educational Service Center and county Career and Technical Center wrapped up their business for the year in brief meetings this week.
ESC Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn updated members of the ESC governing board about legislation that could move educational policymaking from the state board of education to a cabinet-level department. Known as Ohio Senate Bill 178, the legislation passed the senate but was turned away by the House of Representatives.
For now, the legislation is dead, but she said it’s likely the bill will be introduced again in 2023.
Vaughn said it appeared the House pushed back and felt it was too big of a change to do in such a short time.
Both she and Board President Richard Stoudt said they’ll want to keep an eye on the proposal, with Stoudt commenting it would create “a monumental shift in authority and power.” He said they may have to make some phone calls and write some letters in response if it’s re-introduced.
Vaughn also talked about State Rep.-elect Monica Robb Blasdel attending the recent county superintendents’ meeting.
She also talked about the recent National Conference for Educational Service Centers in Atlanta, Ga, which included a presentation by CCESC representatives and was attended by Stoudt and board member Aaron Hinchliffe.
Assistant Superintendent Marie Williams said their topic was a Day in the Life of ESC.
They talked about the Reach for the Stars consignment store, the Opportunity Center and other programs, receiving favorable comments. One response said it was amazing what they were doing for the community.
Vaughn said the ESC is currently recruiting for someone with retail experience who can coach the students at the store located in downtown Salem.
In personnel matters, the ESC governing board approved: Alexia Miller as a student teacher for the spring semester assigned to Salem Reilly Elementary teacher Sarah Haren; Alexis McKenzie as a student teacher for the spring semester assigned to Salem Reilly Elementary teacher Melissa Kerr; Morgan Kestner-Roush as a student teacher for the spring semester assigned to Beaver elementary teacher Tiffany Kekel; and Sydney Detchon an Occupational Therapy student from Jan. 2 to Feb. 24 assigned with Tracy Springer.
The board also: approved the resignation of Robert Greier as an effective paraeducator Dec. 16; hired Madisyn Carter as a subteacher; hired Carmen Minor as an academic leader at McKinley Learnings Kool After School program; hired Zoee Moore, Jamie Smith, Amanda Witherow and Cristin Thompson as paraeducators; and approved Richard Teller for the CBA Work Solutions program.
The next ESC board meeting will be 5 pm Jan. 17 at board offices on Saltwell Road, with the organizational meeting followed by the regular meeting.
The career center board re-employed Terry Hutson as Adult Education Assistant Director on an administrative contract effective Jan. 6, 2023 through June 30, 2026 in a retire/rehire arrangement. As required, the board advertised the opportunity for members of the public to comment on the retire/rehire move, but no one attended the meeting.
According to Superintendent Willard Adkins and Adult Education Director Kelly Darney, Hutson started in 1994, left for a brief four-year period and returned in 2011 and has remained since then.
During her report, Darney reported the nursing program for the LPN to RN tract was now capped at 60 students for the class starting in April. She also said the LPN program class doesn’t start until September, but she’s already working on some marketing to promote the program.
Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello reported on the recent staff professional development day and on the recent student skills and challenge cup competitions.
In other business matters, the career center board accepted the resignation of Bonita Newton as Adult Education Nursing Coordinator effective Dec. 31 and approved the transfer of $750,000 from the general fund to the permanent improvement fund.
Students and staff return to school on Jan. 3, with the next school board meeting scheduled for 7 pm Jan. 17 in the central office at the school on state Route 45. The organizational meeting will be followed by the regular monthly meeting.