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Hands-on experience at ICHS

September 21, 2012
By JESS LOOMAN - Staff correspondent , The Herald-Star

WINTERSVILLE - Indian Creek High School students interested in multimedia arts have been receiving a total hands-on experience.

High school teacher Dave Moffat and a handful of his ICHS production students were on hand Thursday to brief school board members on interactive media classes.

"The students are able to learn hands on in graphic/web design, audio/video design and print media," Moffat explained. "We had the opportunity to create the sports programs for the high school, which gives the students an opportunity to produce something that both internal and external school members will see. This also gives them the opportunity to learn real world skills, like meeting deadlines, working in teams and supervising each other."

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PRODUCTION — The Indian Creek High School production class, which has been developing creative avenues with school sports programs, a digital yearbook and live play-by-play during home football games, talked with school board members at Thursday’s meeting. Members of the class on hand were from left, Evan Winland, Cam Lamatrice, Adam Freshwater, teacher David Moffat, Shane Winland, Paige DeMattio and Ashley Santoro.
-- Jess Looman

Moffat also told the board the class does a live play-by-play for each high school home football game.

"This is completely student produced, and we are the only school in the area that does this," he explained. "We have around 2,000 listeners from across the United States."

Students Cam Lamatrice, Adam Freshwater and Evan Winfield call the plays and enjoy every bit of it, according to Moffat.

"It is a lot of fun," Lamatrice said. "I would like to become an announcer one day, so this is a great opportunity to learn."

"We have a lot of fun and the food in the press box is great," Winfield added.

The games can be heard by logging onto the Indian Creek website or visiting and searching for Indian Creek, Moffat added.

"We also have been able to create a digital yearbook on a CD and it also is completely student designed," Moffat said. "And a lot of community service projects have come out of this class. We have completed video projects, print media and graphic design and tech support."

Frank Bovina and Mike Herrick of the Mingo Revitalization Committee then spoke to the school board regarding the current Indian Creek Junior High School building.

"We have an interest in maintaining the building for community purposes," Bovina began. "We feel as though we can gain a lot of public support for the building and believe that it has potential. We don't know what the current plans are; however, we have heard demolition discussed. If that is the current decision, we would like to meet with you to see how we can keep that building productive and an asset to the community."

Superintendent John Rocchi told the pair that he is "willing to work together and believe it's a positive for a community."

"Our only concern, however, is the backlash that we are constructing a new building for the betterment of our students but then we are allowing others to still operate in the old building.

"We want the best for the community and will work together to help find the best possible outcome."

A levy was approved in November 2008 allowing the building of the $17 million middle school located behind Hills Elementary School. The levy amount was 2.2 mills for the construction plus an additional 1.25 mills for maintenance and permanent improvements for a total of 3.45 mills.

Some of the project is funded by the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

In other matters, board members heard from Angie Latessa, construction manager for Richard L. Bowen and Associates, who presented updates on the middle school project.

"The gym equipment including basketball hoops and sound panels are installed, the kitchen equipment is coming Monday, flooring is currently being installed, lockers are in and the science cabinets are installed," she stated. "Paving will also begin Monday.

The district will hold a middle school tour at 5 p.m. Oct. 17, Rocchi noted. The event is open to the public.

Rocchi also added an education rally will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School in Bloomingdale.

"This rally will brief the public on the Indian Creek, Edison, JVS and Buckeye Local levies (on the Nov. 6 ballot)," he explained. "Please wear your red and gold to support our district."

He also mentioned that the district will hold a "Night Before the Vote" event at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in the high school cafeteria.

In other business, the board:

Revised the 2013 high school graduation date from May 25 to May 24, with the location to be announced.

Entered into an agreement with Jefferson Behavioral Health System to provide a teacher for the youth day treatment program at a cost of $75 per day for actual days worked.

Entered into an agreement with Jefferson County CAC Head Start to provide services to preschool children eligible for special education in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

Approved a change order for York Mahoning Mechanical Contractors in the amount of $48,256.95 for the middle school project.

Entered into an agreement with Ohio State Extension Office to lease a portion within the district-owned Bantam Ridge Building. The lease is effective Oct. 1 through July 31, 2014.

Approved Amber Scott as softball assistant coach.

Approved the extra-duty supplemental contract for Joyce Camilletti, ICMS Student Council adviser, for the 2012-13 school year.

Approved employment of the following certificated/licensed individuals: Lisa Hlivko and Michele Minto, ICMA Student Council advisers; Donald Llewellyn and Kent Howell, sixth-grade instructional music; Staci Copeland, Wintersville Elementary School whole faculty study group; Christina Haught, Wintersville Elementary literacy assistant; Mary Morgan, Hills Elementary math assistant; and Gloria Hess and Julie Robinson, family/consumer science, five extended service days.

Approved the following for the before- and after-school care program: Sue Stewart, Lynn Mikesell, Donna Ardito, Cathy Dibenedetto, Heather Sullivan, Jane Bennett, Kim Carnahan, Beverly Brenda, Lori Roberts, Brittany Sperlazza, Willemijn Lambright, Darlene Armstrong, Dan Bruno, Karen Lloyd, Jenna French, Jim Mort and Sarah Hayes, teachers; and Patti Hays, Diane Miller, Rebecca Alteri, Shirley Bray, Brenda Hyde and Deborah Conn, aides.

Passed a resolution supporting the efforts of Jefferson County JVS, Edison Local and Buckeye Local school districts' levies in the Nov. 6 election.

Approved the recommendation of ICHS Principal Steve Cowser to negate the personal service contract of Brad Leas, from the position of assistant varsity football coach, effective for the 2012-13 school year.

Approved David Connor and Bruce Barrett as varsity football assistant coaches.

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