Wells principal will retire

STEUBENVILLE – The principal of the nationally recognized Wells Academy will retire on May 31.

The city school board on Friday approved the resignation for retirement purposes submitted by Joseph Nocera.

The board also accepted and approved the resignation for retirement by Linda Nocera, a kindergarten teacher at East Garfield Elementary.

During the 25-minute board meeting, members approved several personnel matters including:

– Terrance Alessi and David Sanders as substitute teachers for the remainder of the current school year.

– Maternity leave of absence for Cherie Ramsey, a special needs teacher at Pugliese West.

– Resignation for retirement by Steubenville High School English teacher Sandra Miller.

– Resignation of Harding Middle School paraprofessional Jeremy Presley for personal reasons.

– Resignation for retirement of Sandra Rowley, a custodian at Harding Middle School.

– Appointment of Mary Barnes, Joseph Biasi and Tiffany Mills to three-year terms on the Local Professional Development Committee.

– Two-year administrative contracts for Charles Kokiko, administrator; Bryan Mills, assistant middle school principal; Reno Saccoccia, director of administrative services; Joseph Yanok, middle school principal; Melinda Young, director of programs; and Sara Elliot, school psychologist.

In other business, the board approved a resolution opposing House Bill 59 that proposes the expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship Program that will significantly increase the number of publicly funded vouchers for students to attend private or parochial schools.

Copies of the resolution will be sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly.

The board accepted a $2,500 donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation for the high school athletic department and a $2,000 donation from the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation to be divided between the high school baseball team and the high school volleyball team.

The board also approved a $10,000 bequest from the Joseph P. Heatherington estate to establish a scholarship fund in the City Schools Foundation for a Steubenville High School football player with the highest grade-point average.

Treasurer Lisa Bruzzese reported the employee health benefits will remain at the current rates for another year.

“We have a healthy reserve and we will see a zero increase in our health program,” said Bruzzese.

And the board approved a cooperative agreement with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for professional development, gifted services and curriculum for the 2013 -14 school year.