Creek school board gets status updates

MINGO JUNCTION – The Indian Creek Local School District principals relayed a number of updates to the board of education during Thursday’s monthly meeting.

Steve Cowser, Indian Creek High School principal, told board members that students are offered a career cafe every Wednesday at the high school.

“Julie Robinson holds this career cafe during lunch every Wednesday and invites professionals from the community in to meet with students and relay to them how they got where they are and what they had to do to get there,” he explained. “We have had a veterinarian and a member of the military come in so far. The speaker talks to the students for about 15 minutes and then opens up to a question-and-answer session. It’s a nice program.”

Cowser also noted that the high school will hold a senior citizens’ breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday in the multi-purpose building.

“We have been passing out letters to senior citizens in the area and we hope that they will come to the high school for a free breakfast,” he said. “We will have students on hand talking to them about activities going on at the high school.”

ICHS Assistant Principal Dan Hartman added that two high school students, Johnathan Woodbury and Brooke Spence, will travel to Ohio State Highway Patrol building to participate in an anti-texting while driving picture. Posters will then be displayed throughout different schools in the community.

Indian Creek Middle School Assistant Principal Toni Jean Dondzila announced that the district spelling bee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the middle school.

Hills Elementary Principal Cecilia Fritz and Wintersville Elementary Principal Nicole McDonald were also on hand to announce different events at each school.

“Hills Elementary will hold a fall festival and community festival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday,” Fritz began. “We will offer hayrides to students and their families so everyone can go back and see the new middle school.”

“Wintersville Elementary will hold a Halloween event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, which is sponsored by the village of Wintersville,” McDonald added. “We will also have a Veterans Day program on Nov. 7. Students are encouraged to invite their family and friends who have served in the armed forces to attend.”

Superintendent John Rocchi reminded board members that the OLWEUS anti-bullying program has started in the district.

“We recently brainstormed and came up with some levels of donations and some things we can do for the students,” he said. “If anyone is interested in sponsoring, please contact the school district. We need around $20,000 to run the program for each year. We are hoping that we can get to that, especially with all of the bullying going on nationwide. It’s been a huge hit so far especially with training all of the staff members. However, we do need some more money to promote it. We need to make sure we have money for incentives for the students.”

In other matters, the board:

– Accepted the 2013-2014 school bus routes and bus stops, and any subsequent adjustments as needed.

– Entered into an agreement with Group Cares of Loveland, Colo., to use Indian Creek High School facilities to house up to 450 volunteers for a one-week work camp during the summer of 2015. The participants will repair the homes of low-income residents, including the elderly and disabled.

– Approved an agreement with Ohio University Eastern to provide OUE education students clinical and field experiences during the 2013-2014 school year.

– Permitted the request of ICMS band director Kimberly Howell to accompany the seventh- and eight-grade band students on a field trip to Consol Energy Center on Dec. 7 to view a performance of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “The Lost Christmas Eve.” All expenses will be paid through the ICMS band boosters and individual band accounts.

– Approved the employment of the following classified personnel individuals: John Livingston, June Busana, Leonard Dye and Janice Fetty, bus driver; certified employment to Jacqueline Rossi, intervention teacher at ICMS; and extra-duty supplemental contract employment to Makenzie Householder, Wintersville Elementary Whole Faculty Study Group.

– Accepted the resignation of request of Brittany LeFebreve, intervention teacher; and Karla Mitchell, elementary teacher.

– Approved the supplemental appropriations of $10,900 for student activity funds: ICHS Key Club fundraiser, $7,250; ICHS National Honor Society fundraiser, $650; and ICHS Class of 2016 fundraiser, $3,000.

– Announced that a sports parent meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the high school.

The next school board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the middle school.