Wells Academy honored

STEUBENVILLE – The teachers, pupils, families and administrators at Wells Academy were recognized by the city school board Wednesday night for being named a 2012 School of Promise.

It was the ninth year for that achievement by the grade school that was lauded in 2012 by Ohio Gov. John Kasich who visited the academy before delivering his State of the State address in the Steubenville High School auditorium.

“Wells Academy was ranked No. 1 in the state again this year. We are very proud of everyone associated with Wells Academy. The teachers, students, families and administrators do a lot of hard work to achieve this distinction year after year,” stated Superintendent Michael McVey,

The board also approved the 2011-12 state report rating of excellent with distinction for East Garfield Elementary and Wells Academy.

McVey said Steubenville High School and Pugliese Elementary West received excellent ratings.

In other business, the board:

Recognized Janaya Wallace of East Garfield, Sydney Matyas of Pugliese West, Hayden Heilman of Wells Academy, Makayla Crownover of Harding Middle School and Faith Bauman of Steubenville High School for winning the Pathfinders Assembly Essay contest.

Recognized Brittany Falbo, Kayla Matesick and Debra Straka for their participation in an award-winning energy efficiency education program through AEP.

Approved several personnel issues, including the retirement later this year of Robert Radakovich, a science teacher at the high school; Jeanne Newman, a Harding Middle School math teacher; Karen Padden, a Pugliese West fourth-grade teacher; and Barbara Zori, a French and social studies teacher at the high school.

OK’d the resignation of Angela Kopras, a speech and language pathologist, effective April 1 to accept another position, and a Family Medical Leave was approved for Jared Robinson, a second-grade teacher at Pugliese West.

Approved Nella Scaffidi and Nicholas Spencer as substitute teachers for the remainder of the school year.

Approved the employment of Jonta Byrom as a part-time maintenance worker at the high school; Leon Levy and Ryan Ledakis as lifeguards at the high school natatorium; Angie Forte as a homebound instructor for the remainder of the current school year; and Jazmin Dokes, a high school student to work as a cafeteria worker at East Garfield.

OK’d giving Kayla Matesick a supplemental contract to serve as high school junior varsity softball coach, and approval was given for Christopher Blackburn and Jason Jenkins to serve as volunteer girls softball coaches; C.J. Besece, volunteer baseball coach; Eric Bentley, volunteer tennis coach; and Kevin Terry, volunteer track coach.

Approved a purchase service contract with consultant Chris Ashley to design a menu system for the food service department to be compliant with the new meals regulations. Ashley will be paid a maximum $6,500 for the design work.

Approved a contract renewal for a Virtual Learning Academy contract with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved Catholic Central High School using Harding Stadium for the 2013 football season.

Approved the purchase of 2013 Dodge Caravan security van with school decals for $21,000.

Approved Melinda Young to coordinate all federal and state programs and to be authorized to sign all applications for those programs.

(Gossett can be contacted at dgossett@heraldstaronline.com.)