ESC board member resigns

STEUBENVILLE — Bill Lollini, a veteran member of the Jefferson County Educational Service Center Governing board, submitted his resignation from the panel, effective Dec. 31.

Lollini has 20 years of experience serving on the Buckeye Local Board of Education in addition to the ESC board and the Jefferson County Joint Vocational boards of education.

Board President Larry George said Tuesday Lollini had e-mailed him last week and indicated a desire to spend more time with his family.

“We are going to miss him. Bill has been a great friend to education for a number of years and he always was ready to speak out on issues he believed in,” said George.

“We will be talking to interested candidates to fill the remainder of Bill’s term and will sit down with those persons to determine their interest. The final decision will be made by the governing board,” explained George.

The board approved a resolution Tuesday recognizing Lollini and his service to the education community.

Lollini is the second governing board member to step down from the job this year.

Board member Ken Simeral announced in October his plans to retire from his seat on Dec. 31. He will be replaced by longtime local educator Barry Gullen, who won election to fill that vacancy.

In other business Tuesday, the governing board approved a resolution renewing its membership in the Ohio School Boards Association for the 2018 calendar year and agreed to donate $1,500 each to the Buckeye Local, Edison Local, Harrison Hills City, Indian Creek Local, Southern Local, Steubenville City and Toronto City school districts.

The board commended Pugliese West Elementary School for achieving School of Promise, School of Honor and High Progress School of Honor recognition.

The board also recognized Wells Academy for its School of Promise and School of Honor awards and Harrison East for its High Progress School of Honor recognition.

The board agreed to several personnel moves, including:

¯ Entering into a contract with Brittany Falbo to create computer graded assessments for science 170, science 180, integrated physical science, digital citizenship, intro to the Internet and digital skills for the Virtual Learning Academy.

¯ Employment of Emily Baruetta to create computer-graded assessments for English 170.

¯ Employment of Jerri DeLeon to create a nine-unit health course for decision making.

¯ Hiring Darlene Mason as a 21st century academic tutor for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.

The board appointed George to serve as president pro-temp for the Jan. 11 re-organizational meeting set for 10:30 a.m. at the ESC service center.