ESC board endorses levies

STEUBENVILLE – The Educational Service Center governing board Tuesday endorsed the Edison Local School District’s 5.9-mill operating levy and the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School’s 1-mill operating levy set for the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

The unanimous endorsement came during the monthly board meeting.

It was the first official board meeting for new Superintendent George Ash, who succeeded former Superintendent Joy Howell who retired last month after a 49-year career in education.

During the hour-long meeting the board approved several personnel recommendations including:

The resignation of Virtual Learning Academy teacher Heather Mazeroski.

The resignations of occupational therapists Beth Mysliewicz-Andlinger and Sondra Cupini.

The employment of occupational therapist Bre Gatchel.

The board also agreed to a contract with the Information Technology Center for the assignment of Matt Emley to the ESC for two days a week.

And the board approved a one-time $5,000 stipend for Zachary Murray, assistant technology coordinator assigned to the Indian Creek Local School District for additional duties as network administrator.

The board adopted a resolution to include a $2,000 stipend for doctorate degrees.

ESC Director of Curriculum and Professional Development Blair Closser reported on the new principal mentoring program in the district.

“We now have 13 beginning principals and this is a very good program for them. Our first meeting is Thursday and we hope to continue this program in the future once the $10,000 grant expires,” Closser explained.

Supervisor of Curriculum and Professional Development Ron Sismondo said the ESC is now in the third year of a resident educator program that provides mentoring training for teachers.

“The new school district report cards are out for the public. In the future the school districts will have to look at each student and where they need additional work. By the end of September teachers will receive individual reports showing how well they did in the classrooms,” noted Sismondo.

And Ohio Cyber School Director Charles Kokiko told the board the new cyber school website is in operation.

“We are constantly tweaking it and making improvements and we recently added a Facebook page. During the past three weeks we had 462 hits. And we have our first enrolled student from Reynoldsburg. We are targeting home schooled students outside of our local school districts and are preparing to be in full operation next year,” said Kokiko.