Financial forecast bright for city schools

MINGO JUNCTION – The five-year financial forecast is encouraging for Steubenville city schools, District Treasurer Lisa Bruzzese said Wednesday night.

“We will receive more state funds in the next two years than we have recently received because of House Bill 59. Our state funding should continue to increase, but local funding will remain somewhat flat because we are not seeing an increase in property taxes,” Bruzzese told the board of education members.

The monthly meeting was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mingo Junction so the board members and administration officials could attend the annual Steubenville High School band banquet.

“This is good news for our district. But it can all change again in future years when administrations in Columbus change,” added Bruzzese.

In other business, the board approved:

The resignation of Robert Radakovich, director of administrative services effective Aug. 1.

The retirement of Pamela DiDomenico, an elementary teacher at East Garfield.

A request by Krystal Yourkovich to extend her maternity leave through May 30.

A maternity leave for Emily Miller, a high school art teacher.

A Family Medical Leave for Sandra Nocera until the end of the current school year.

The resignation of Tiffany Dobson effective at the end of the current school year.

Rick Camilletti as an administrative intern at the high school for the 2014-15 school year.

Rick Hicks as instructor for the Freshman Full Summer Band program for 2014.

Joseph Nocera as parent coordinator for the 2014-15 school year.

A list of Homebound instructors and a substitute teachers’ list for the 2014-15 school year.

Supplemental contracts for coaches for the 2014-15 school year.

Scott Lane, Ashley Bendle and Madison McCallister as summer school staff for “A Touch of Class.”

Ron Salvino for supplemental printing as needed.

The school board also approved membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2014-15 school year.

And the board agreed to a maintenance agreement with Hank’s Sales and Service through June 30, 2015, and renewed the annual software licenses for EDGE Accounting software effective through June 30, 2015. Both issues are needed for the school district’s treasurer’s office.

The board also approved:

Acceptance of a $2,000 High Schools that Work grant.

The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports policy as required by state law.

A resolution of intent to cooperate with the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency for cooperative services for the fiscal year 2015.

The disposal of obsolete inventory items.

The next school board meeting is set for 6 p.m. June 25 at the board offices on West Adams Street.