Board names interim superintendent

STEUBENVILLE – Melinda Young, director of programs for the Steubenville City School District, was named by the board of education to serve as interim superintendent effective July 1.

Young will replace Rich Ranallo, who has been working as acting superintendent of the school district since November when he was named to the post following the indictment of Superintendent Mike McVey.

Ranallo’s Ohio Superintendent Certificate expires on June 30 and he said he does not plan to renew his certification.

During her 25-year tenure on the city school district staff Young has served as a teacher, parent coordinator, Title I coordinator, director of administrative services and Wells Academy principal prior to assuming the director of programs job.

McVey was named in a five-count indictment in November by a special grand jury investigating the Steubenville rape case. He entered a not guilty plea and has remained on paid administrative leave since the indictment was announced by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Young was one of several administrative appointments approved by the school board Wednesday night.

Assistant Superintendent Barry Gullen will remain in his job for the 2014-15 school year.

He is now in his 34th year as a city school district employee.

Assistant Steubenville High School Principal Ted Gorman was named principal of the high school starting with the next school year. He has been in the school district for 23 years.

Gorman will replace Shawn Crosier, who was named the principal of Wells Academy for the next school year.

Crosier, a 29-year veteran teacher and administrator in the school district, also will coordinate the Teacher Training Pathway for the high school students.

Lynette Gorman, principal at Pugliese West Elementary, had her contract renewed through the 2016 school year, while Tom Kotsanis will serve again next year as principal at Garfield East Elementary.

Harding Middle School Principal Joe Yanok will continue as principal and will be assisted by Bryan Mills.

In other business Wednesday night, the school board approved the employment of Todd Filtz to serve as a physical education teacher. He also received a supplemental coaching contract as a football and track coach for the 2014-15 school year.

Adele Filtz was hired as a guidance counselor.

The board also approved the hiring of Angela Kopras as a speech language pathology and audiology specialist for the next school year as well as:

Amanda Miller and Andrew Wilson Clay, substitute teachers.

The resignation of Robert Lamantia from his supplemental coaching contract for the next school year.

A maternity leave of absence for Krystal Youovich.

The assignment of Martha Bell as a gifted education teacher.

In other matters, Ranallo announced the Ohio Department of Education approved $2.75 million in Quality Zone Academy Bonds for the construction of two classrooms at Harding Middle School and renovations at Steubenville High School as well as the addition of the S.T.E.M. curriculum in city schools.

According to Young, the S.T.E.M. program is designed to strengthen student performances on Ohio State K-12 curriculum standards, influence careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics as well as provide skill certification courses for students and community that will lead to jobs.

The school board members approved a purchase proposal from the Ohio Department of Transportation for .143 acres of property near Garfield East Elementary for the new University Boulevard and state Route 7 interchange.

The board approved a $14,900 quote from the Ohio Floor Co. for the repair the gymnasium floor at Harding Middle School.

The board agreed to a $45,600 contract with the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency for Internet services and a $17,488 bid from WM Roofing to repair the Harding Stadium fieldhouse roof.

The board members accepted $1,000 from Kyle Brown, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 246, for the Steubenville City Schools Scholarship Fund along with a $2,000 donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation for the high school track team.

The four-week summer program “Touch of Class” and the employment of personnel for the program were approved.

Kathy Pavlik, gifted coordinator for the school district, said the Touch of Class program will offer courses from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each weekday in June.

“Our students will have a free lunch and be able to swim from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. each day. We will have a musical production by students in the fifth through 12th grades. And we will offer virtual learning classes as well as classes for students taking the Ohio Graduation Test,” explained Pavlik.

And the board approved the Steubenville High School Thespians to participate in the annual field trip to New York in March 2015.