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Board of education honors citizens

December 22, 2011
By JEREMY KINS - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Superintendent Michael McVey and the Steubenville Board of Education recognized and honored three individuals at the Wednesday night regular board meeting at Steubenville High School.

Reno Saccoccia, head coach of Steubenville Big Red, received a plaque recognizing his 300th win as head coach during his 29-year career coaching for Steubenville.

In addition, Cheryl Metcalf, English teacher at Steubenville High School, earned the highest credential available to American educators by recently becoming a national board certified teacher through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

National Board Certification is achieved through a performance-based assessment of a teacher's skills and content knowledge. The certification takes one to three years to complete.

"It was a lot of hard work, and I really appreciate the recognition," said Metcalf.

"The board just wanted to recognize our excellent staff tonight who have put in countless hours to our school and its youth. It's really amazing and they deserve it," said McVey.

Tom Timmons, Kiwanis Club of Steubenville treasurer and school board member, also was acknowledged because the meeting was his last as a board member.

Timmons replaced Jane Hanlin when she took the position of Jefferson County prosecutor, and he served on the board for six months.

"He was a great member to have on the board for the time he served. We made a lot of progress with him," said McVey.

Timmons' spot will be filled by Greg Agresta of Steubenville, who won the seat during the November election. He also is the senior vice president of WesBanco and will be sworn in on Jan. 11.

The board also:

Approved Jan. 11 as the date of the board of education's reorganizational meeting and the January board meeting.

Approved additional substitute teachers for the 2011-12 school year, pending certification from the state department of education: David McGuire, social studies, grades seventh through 12th; Merideth Sanders, general education, kindergarten through 12; Diane Strutz, life sciences, 7-12; Sam Ahwesh, general education, K-12; Michael Rielly, life science, 7-12th; and Mark Tronsgard, general education, kindergarten through 12th.

Approved a donation from Wheeling Nisshin in the amount of $1,000.

Approved membership in the Ohio Minority Recruitment Consortium for 2012.

Approved membership in the Ohio School Boards Association Legal Assistance Fund for the 2012 school year.

Approved entering into a service agreement with the Ohio School Boards Association to update the Steubenville City Schools Board of Education Policy Booklet at a cost of $10,500 plus expenses.

Approved the Elementary Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project in the amount of $39,272.73.

Approved a grant in the amount of $1,000 from the Alfred and Lillie Dunlavey Charitable Trust for the East Garfield Elementary Space Camp Mission.

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