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Band’s performance a hit

October 22, 2010
By JESS LOOMAN, Staff writer

WINTERSVILLE - Donald Llewellyn, Indian Creek band director, thanked the school board for its support during Thursday night's meeting.

Llewellyn told board members the band's trip to Heinz Field to perform at the Oct. 3 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens was a success.

"It was a big honor to be selected," he said. "We performed three times, including a tailgate show, pregame show and halftime show. We received a lot of compliments throughout the day and even got a great compliment from Dan Rooney.

"Some of the Steelers came over and talked to some of the band members before the game as well. It was a very nice, well-run program and the kids were very excited and honored."

Jack Fluharty, track and cross country coach, offered an update about the 2010 cross country season.

"This season we have seen massive improvements," he said. "Last year, we had our first varsity girls win and this year we saw our first varsity boys and junior high boys and girls wins. Every single meet we brought home some sort of hardware or trophy."

He said that the program is up to 25 participants since being revived three years ago.

Fluharty asked permission to create an interim cross country course at Wayne Elementary for a year.

"We don't need any money from the board, we have the money," he said.

"We just want permission to create a running course at Wayne so we will be able to hold some cross country meets next year."

He also asked the board for permission to create indoor track as a club sport.

"This would be great for kids who do not play a winter sport already and want to compete in track during the off season," he said. "If we create this as a club sport, the kids will be able to compete in competitions and also at the state level. We will coach this for free and I will talk to the parents about helping to transport the kids back and forth to the meets."

The board told Fluharty to check into the creation of the course at Wayne as well as talk to the athletic directors about creating a club sport before moving forward.

Toni Jean Dondzila, Wintersville Elementary principal, updated the board on the events that have occurred at the schools thus far.

"We've had Ned the YoYo Man and Ronald McDonald speak to the students on different subjects including bullying and how to handle different situations, and the kids seemed to learn a lot from each," she said. "We also had the mobile dentist visit; Trooper Tim Zook from the Ohio State Highway Patrol talked about seatbelt safety; a PTO meet-and-greet at Bantam Ridge; the Red Cross is teaching fourth-graders basic aid training; and the third grade took the Ohio Government Test. Each grade is involved in a service learning project throughout the community as well."

She said Joyce Nichols, the district's technology facilitator, has trained all of her teachers on the mimio boards, a new technology which is computer-based and the lessons projected onto a whiteboard.

"All the staff is trained on the mimio boards and are using every lesson plan they can get their hands on," she said. "They really enjoy it and I think that it has been a big success."

She also noted that the school raised more than $3,500 for the United Way of Jefferson County during United Way week at the school.

In other business, the board:

Approved the payment of the following bills: Belmont-Harrison Juvenile District in the amount of $3,254 for court ordered school expenses for the 2009-2010 school year for two students; Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovic in the amount of $11,053 for elementary math textbooks and supplies; Jefferson Landmark, Inc. in the amount of $15,499 for fuel for buses; and Herff Jones in the amount of $7,425 for 2009-2010 ICHS yearbooks.

Approved the 2010-2011 school bus routes and bus stops.

Approved participation in the Workforce Investment Act Jefferson County as a training services provider location, in collaboration with the Jefferson County CAC Inc. during the 2010-2011 school year.

Adopted a resolution to endorse and support the efforts of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board of Education to pass a 1-mill levy; and the Toronto City School Board of Education to pass a 5.95-mill bond issue and a .50-mill levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Approved entering into an agreement with Milestone benefits agency, Inc., effective Nov. 2 through Oct. 31, 2011, to provide consulting services regarding the employee benefit plans at a cost of $20.00 per employee per month, per monthly medical coverage enrollment.

Approved establishing an Education Jobs Fund to account for the new federal grant program that provides resources to assist school district in saving or creating education jobs for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

Approved the following on the classified substitute list: Mark Bigler, bus driver; Joe DeSantis, bus driver; Lisa Gillette, cafeteria, Kennith Mullins, custodian; and James Wright, custodian.

Approved Lori Orban for the Before/After School Care program; Megan King for the position of ICHS cafeteria cook/cashier, effective Oct. 11; Lori Mayher as the ICHS academic team adviser for the 2010-2011 school year; Debbie Grimm for the position of Wintersville Elementary cafeteria cook/cashier effective Aug. 25; and Gretchen Turnbaugh for the position of classroom aide at Wayne Elementary effective Monday.

Accepted the resignation request of Nick Dondzila from the position of junior high wrestling coach and approved Dondzila for the position of varsity wrestling assistant coach for the 2010-2011 school year.

Approved James Provenzano as a volunteer coach for girls soccer for the 2010-2011 school year; and Troy Fetty as Indian Creek Junior High School assistant wrestling coach.

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