School board approves S.T.E.M. Academy director

STEUBENVILLE – A 2001 Steubenville High School graduate will return to the school district as the S.T.E.M. Academy director for the 2014-15 school year.

Shana M. D’Aurora is serving as dean of the school of business and information technology at the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, W.Va.

She earned a doctorate of science in information systems and communication last May from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh after obtaining her bachelor of arts in communication degree and a master’s degree in education from Waynesburg University.

Her appointment was approved during a special board of education meeting Tuesday morning.

“I am excited about the opportunity to give back to the school district and community,” said D’Aurora.

The school board approved the addition of the STEM curriculum in the city schools at a regular board meeting earlier this month.

According to Melinda Young, director of programs for the Steubenville City School District, the S.T.E.M. program is designed to strengthen student performances on Ohio state kindergarten through 12th-grade curriculum standards, influence careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics as well as provide skill certification courses for students and community, which will lead to jobs.

“The backbone of the S.T.E.M. curriculum is to ensure the steady flow of new ideas in today’s economy. S.T.E.M. gives the students the knowledge to do better things for their community and school systems. Initially we will focus on the middle school and high school and hope to expand in the future into the grade schools,” explained D’Aurora.

During the special meeting, the school board approved a bid for the purchase of supplies as part of the Quality Zone Academy Bonds for Harding Middle School and the S.T.E.M. Academy and 2014 program fund for $413,340 to Cardello Electric Supply.

The board also approved acceptance of a bid from USBIZ Solutions for the retrofit installation and disposal of materials for $150,000.

“We are buying the supplies from Cardello and USBIZ Solutions will install the new LED lighting which will mean a savings in the future,” Acting Superintendent Rich Ranallo said.

And board members approved the advancement of $1.8 million from the district’s general fund to the QZAB project fund.