STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Governing Board on Dec. 20 approved several personnel changes and prepared for 2012 during the final board meeting of the year.
The board adopted a resolution rescinding the temporary employment of Teresa Silvestri as an as needed teacher in the Virtual Learning Academy and approved hiring her for a 12-month contract.
Silvestri will serve as the VLA content/multimedia specialist.
The board also voted to accept the resignation of Lori Burwell as a social educator.
And Ken Simeral was approved by his board colleagues as president pro-tem to preside over the board's opening ceremonies at the Jan. 17 board reorganizational meeting.
In other business, membership in the Ohio School Boards Association was renewed for the 2012 calendar year.
The annual membership fee includes a subscription fee to the organization's magazine at a cost of $2, 965.
The board approved a recommendation by Superintendent Joy Howell for an agreement with Software Answers Inc. to develop enhancements to the Virtual Learning Academy at a cost of $125,000.
Also approved during the Tuesday morning meeting was a resolution to revised policies for the VLA manual. Howell said the VLA staff is working on revisions.
The board also heard reports from Joanne Gorby on the Phet Interactive Simulations Project for Science for the VLA students and an update from Blair Closser on the AdvancED presentation in Colorado.
Closser also was commended for working with the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center.
Howell said the ESC in southern Ohio has successfully completed its quality assurance onsite review and has been recommended for AdvancED accreditation.
(Gossett can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)