Toronto schools to obtain $1M construction loan

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Educational Service Center Governing Board Tuesday approved a lease purchase agreement that will see the Toronto City School District receive a $1 million loan from the Jefferson Health Plan for new construction in the school district.

The ESC and the Jefferson Health Plan have an infrastructure bank program for their members.

The health plan must also approve the loan request.

The ESC board approved a similar loan of $500,000 for the Chillicothe city school district contingent on approval by the plan.

In other matters during the monthly meeting, the governing board approved several personnel issues including a list of eligible substitute teachers for the 2017-2018 school year as well as:

— Approved Dr. William Johns to administer school bus drivers’ physical exams;

— Approved the purchase of a $50 gift certificates for the ESC secretaries;

— Authorized the employment of Emily Tonacchio as a Virtual Learning Academy teacher for Steubenville students;

— Approved Graceon Ehrman as a non-paid intern for the Help Me Grow program; and employed Steven Fletcher as a personal aide assigned to the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Board members unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Buckeye Local School District’s 4.8-mill, 10-year levy that will appear on the May 2 ballot.

And, the board approved a resolution authorizing Chief Executive Officer George Ash to use the ESC credit card for ESC expenses.

Board members met in an hour-long executive session to discuss personnel and the purchase of property.

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