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Harrison hears school calamity day update

February 1, 2014
By ROBERT A. DEFRANK - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

CADIZ - The Harrison Hills City Board of Education heard from administrative assistant Duran Morgan during Thursday's meeting concerning student instruction during inclement weather days.

Morgan reported study material was made available online and teachers asked students to work on the material online. Accommodations are being made for students unable to access the material.

He noted all of the district's calamity days have been used.

Gov. Kasich is considering allotting four more calamity days to school districts, and the legislation has passed in the House. If passed, school districts would have 12 calamity days, officials said.

Director of Operations Mark Kowalski reported an electric gate opener and security system are being installed at the transportation center. He also said five drivers and a mechanic are facing contract renewals and noted that nearly one-third of the drivers have changed jobs during the last two years.

He reported on a recent bus safety meeting. The onboard instructors will attend the district meeting on Feb. 20 at Canton McKinley High School. The bus ride-along program with law-enforcement officers will begin next week.

Kowalski gave credit to district employees during the recent extreme weather conditions.

"This has been probably the coldest and most adverse conditions we've had to deal with in years," he said.

Bus mechanics Adam Grabits and Kevin Foster were lauded for their work to plow and salt district area. He noted a burst pipe at Harrison North Elementary.

In other business:

Board members accepted the resignation of Lisa Ferrell as a substitute teacher effective Jan. 1.

The board approved substitute employees for 2013-14, including Haley Bengier, Morgan Heavilin and Mary Giusto as teacher/tutor; LouAnn Dowdle, aide/cafeteria; and Cortney Dowdle, aide.

Stephanie McKinney was approved as OVLA science and language arts/English teacher for fourth through sixth grades.

Orion Bengier was approved as a junior high boys track coach, and Nick Yourkovich was OK'd as pep club adviser.

The board approved the resignations of Adrienne and Steve Cook, effective Jan. 1, and employed Janine Dodds as bus aide at six hours per day effective Monday.

Ian White and Terrance DiLoreto were approved as volunteer track supplemental coaches, and Cortney Dowdle was OK'd as an educational aide at six hours per day effective Monday.

Board approved committee assignments for 2014 include finance and negotiations, Judy Crawshaw and John Harrison; buildings and grounds, Phil Madzia and Melvin Allen; curriculum, Allen and Crawshaw; cafeteria and transportation, Madzia and Allen; athletic, Madzia and Deborah Kenny; personnel, Kenny and Harrison; vocational school board, Allen and Kenny; ad hoc technology, Crawshaw and Madzia; policies, Allen and Crawshaw; safety and health, Allen and Kenny; business advisory, Crawshaw and Harrison; student achievement liaison, Harrison and Kenny; communications, Kenny; tax review, Madzia and Harrison; legislative liaison, Harrison; school records, Kenny; and insurance committee, Crawshaw and Kenny.

The board entered into a purchase service contract with Mandy Caldwell, from Monday through June 30 for special project coordinator services for Help Me Grow.

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