ESC will offer summer online classes

STEUBENVILLE -The Jefferson County Educational Service Center is offering two summer programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Teresa Silvestri, the director of education outreach, told members of the Jefferson County Governing Board Tuesday the two online summer programs, “are not for credit but for enrichment.

Studies suggest most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation and reading skills over the summer months. These two courses are great ways to keep children active over the summer months.”

“The E-Kids program is open to students from kindergarten through the eighth grade.

Lessons will include math, English and language arts, social studies, science Spanish and a concluding summer enrichment program. This program will run from now to Aug. 15. We will continue to accept enrollment registration through July,” explained Silvestri.

“The student enrollment fee is $125 with a discount of $25 for each additional sibling,” added Silvestri.

“The Game Design Bootcamp is a mini-course created by faculty at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and is open for students in grades nine through 12.

“The classes will by held at the Eastern Gateway Community College Pugliese Training Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 14 through July 18.

“Attendees will learn the mechanics of game design, the creative process of designing a game and practice what is learned when making a game.

“The students will design, build and decorate a game that will be tested and played. The fee is $325 for each student attending the boot camp,” said Silvestri.

“We are already seeing interest in these two programs and hopefully the enrollment numbers will continue to grow. The enrollment registration is available on our website at,” Silvestri noted.

Silvestri said the ESC is also offering a series of technology workshops in June and July to help area educators build skills and integrate technology into their curriculum.

“This year we are partnering with Franciscan University of Steubenville to offer each workshop for one graduate semester credit hour. To receive the college credit teachers must enroll in the graduate education program at the university,” according to Silvestri.

Information about the workshops is available by calling (740) 283-3347.

In other business, board members agreed to approve an ESC service contract with the Buckeye Local, Edison Local and Indian Creek Local school districts as well as:

Sponsorship of an annual breakfast meeting for principals and district administrators on Aug. 14;

Awarded a contract to the Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority through McBane Insurance and Financial Services for property and liability insurance;

Approved a declaration of intent to cooperate with the Ohio Mid Eastern Regional Education Service Agency for cooperative services;

Approved a contractual agreement for Help Me Grow- Ohio Children’s Trust Fund with Jefferson County Family and Children First Council and the Jefferson County Juvenile Court;

Approved a lease agreement with the Indian Creek Local school district for the rental of two rooms at Hills Elementary for the Help Me Grow staff;

Agreed to employ Amy Gareis as a public relations coordinator, Patrick Keenan as director of Internet technology, Lauren LaGro as a ESC home visitor for the Help Me Grow program and increased work days for Lenda Lenzi as determined by the superintendent;

Approved a resolution to permit Laurie Carmack to serve a 240-hour internship with the Virtual Learning Academy program; and,

Accepted the resignation of Greg Mitts as a VLA teacher and Ken Dawson as a custodian.

The board also approved contracts with the Buckeye Local, Edison Local, Harrison Hills City, Indian Creek Local, Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, Steubenville City Schools and the Toronto City school district for the Jefferson County Juvenile Court alternative school.

The board met for one hour in executive session to discuss personnel.

The next school board meeting is June 30 at the ESC offices on Sunset Boulevard.

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