Free school lunch program approved

STEUBENVILLE – The city school district has qualified for a free breakfast and lunch program for all children in the school system for the next four years.

Superintendent Mike McVey announced the program Wednesday night during the monthly school board meeting.

The program is offered through the Office for Child Nutrition Community Eligibility Option.

“This is great. It takes away the stigma for certain students getting a free breakfast or lunch, and it makes sure all of our students will be getting breakfast and lunch,” said board member Bill Hendricks.

In a related issue, Melinda Young, the school district’s Federal Coordinator for federal and state programs, filed a grant application for a fresh fruit and vegetable program for East Garfield Elementary School.

“A fresh fruit and vegetable will be taken to the students’ classroom between the reading and math classes every day. This is to acquaint the students with fruits and vegetables so they learn to like them,” said Young.

In other matters Wednesday night, the board held a brief public hearing on the proposed rehiring of Sean Crosier and Fred Heatherington.

Both men retired effective May 31.

McVey said the school board will consider rehiring Crosier as principal of Steubenville High School and Heatherington as a high school teacher at the July meeting.

The board approved a number of personnel issues including:

The retirements of Kathi Cowser, a special needs teacher, and Vicki Littlejohn as dean of students at East Garfield Elementary;

The resignations of Zachary Taylor as Steubenville High School band director and Jordan Seminara as the head cook at the high school;

Maternity leaves for high school teacher Melissa Bowers and Harding Middle School teacher Katie Mills;

Stan Alex, Kathi Cowser, Linda Nocera and John Sullivan as substitute teachers for the 2013-2014 school year;

Jennifer Fouty, Brenda Anderson, Karen Madama and Abby Andresen as summer school staff for “A Touch of Class;

A supplemental contract for Rick Hicks to serve as head band director at the high school;

Approval for Jayme Battistel to serve as a choreographer for the 2013-2014 drama program at the high school;

A supplemental contract for Jayme Browning and Maggie Jablonski;

Approved Michael Bauman to serve as lunchroom coordinator; and the transfer of Sue Bauman to the high school principal’s secretary position.

Board members also approved a contract with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for alternative school students and the Gifted Education Teacher services and agreed to advertise for bids for dairy products and bakery products for the lunch room program.

And, Jazmin Dokes, Dominique Wilson and Alyssa McIntyre were approved for the Big Red Works Program.