Utica Shale Academy enrollment on the rise

STEUBENVILLE — Enrollment in the Utica Shale Academy is increasing, members of the governing board of the Jefferson County Educational Service Center board learned Wednesday.

Tony Delboccio, principal of the Salineville campus, said enrollment is up at the academy’s locations in Salineville and Columbiana.

“It’s good,” he said. “There are a a couple of days we are packed in there like sardines, but it’s a good thing.”

Delboccio reported the enrollment in the schools is up to 49 students at the Salineville campus and 14 at the Columbiana campus.

He said the school now is providing the students with lunches.

“They were spending $20 at the vending machines and it was taking away from instruction time,” Delboccio said.

He also told the board there is more than $55,000 worth of rollover funds that can be used for the new school year.

The academy, which is sponsored by the educational service center, provides curricula required by the Ohio Department of Education, including a customizable digital curriculum allowing for acceleration or remediation along with flexible scheduling and safety certification courses, according to officials. Academy graduates receive a high school diploma, certificates and college credit options offered through Eastern Gateway Community College.

The board’s next meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

According to JCESC Superintendent Chuck Kokiko, the board is hoping to hold that meeting at the New Castle School of Trades in East Liverpool.

That will allow board members and guests to see the labs the students are working in.

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