Edison board OKs donations, personnel positions

HAMMONDSVILLE — Edison Local board members approved several donations and personnel positions during Thursday’s meeting at Stanton Elementary School.

A $500 donation from the Children’s Hunger Alliance Inc. was accepted. The alliance is a nonprofit, statewide organization focusing on ending childhood hunger and partners with groups throughout the Ohio to provide at-risk children in daycare centers, schools, after-school programs and summer programs with nutritious meals, officials said.

Superintendent Bill Beattie said the program will help to ensure the district’s students nourish their bodies while educators feed their minds in the schools.

“The donation from Hunger Alliance is to increase participation in breakfast in the district,” he said. “They donated $500 in February and will donate an additional $500 if the breakfast numbers increase by 30 percent before the end of April. The money will be divided up amongst the three schools to use as they please.”

There are 700 children who are participating in the district’s school breakfast program, and the goal is to increase the number to 750 before the end of April.

A donation from the Bergholz Community Foundation in the amount of $1,500 was accepted. The donation was made to benefit the PAWS Pantry at John Gregg Elementary School — a program that was started by Edison High School student Hope Cronin to supply items for students in need. The program was formed following Cronin’s participation in a Hugh O’Brian Foundation Program during the summer. Her goal is to create pantry sites at all three schools. This particular donation will be used to purchase winter coats, gloves and hats for pupils at John Gregg Elementary.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, the board:

¯ Approved the following substitute teachers: Tina Hummer, Marissa Matics, grades preschool through third; and Brittany Champion, Jose Davis and Austin Walters, general education.

¯ Approved substitute bus drivers Greg Bell, Howard Hennis and Richard Purks.

¯ Approved Rebecca Valentine as an aide/cook/secretary and custodian on the classified substitute list.

¯ Awarded supplemental contracts to Andy Lesnansky, James Marcus and Cory Wickham for volunteer baseball; Sara Evans and Matt Morrison for volunteer softball; and a contract for varsity wrestling coach Derrick Stickles.

¯ Approved a resignation from volunteer softball coach Mycaela Stewart, who instead was named assistant softball coach.

¯ Approved Spanish teacher Jaye Taylor for the upcoming school year.

¯ Approved medical leave for aide Shelley Easter.

¯ Accepted a $500 donation from the Two Ridge Veterinary Clinic toward the purchase of a display in the Nutcracker Village.

¯ Approved the school calendar for 2017-18.

The next board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on March 16 at the board office.