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Edison BOE to discuss construction plans

D — Edison Local School officials will take the next step to bring new facilities into fruition during a special meeting early next month.

School board members have scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at the board office to discuss the development of sports facilities at Edison High School. Plans will be financed through the 2.1-mill, seven-year emergency renewal levy voters approved on Nov. 5 and Superintendent Bill Beattie said hopes were to have the project completed within the next two years.

“We will discuss the initial plan that has been drawn up by JTSA Sports architectural firm of Burgettstown, Pa., that develops sports complexes,” Beattie said. “They created a rendering of the complex and the board has to review it and determine costs.”

The goal is to unify sports and school facilities on the high school grounds in Richmond to provide safety and convenience for students, parents and the community. The levy, which would generate $1,049,150 per year, will help construct a 1,500-seat gymnasium and add baseball and softball fields, as well as new parking lots on the campus. The baseball and softball fields currently are located at Jefferson State Lake and athletes have held track practice and meets and junior high basketball practice about 10 miles away at Stanton Elementary in Hammondsville. Officials said centralizing the activities would improve safety for students and save time for parents who must travel through the area to attend events.

The school board previously hired MS Consultants of Youngstown to establish a program design for future facilities and the firm will be used for the centralization plan. If all goes according to plan, construction could begin around March or April. Beattie said it will take between 12 and 16 months to construct the new gym and possibly six months to complete the ballfields, while work has already been completed on the new $500,000 track by Vasco of Massillon.

In other matters, the board:

¯ Accepted a resignation from volunteer basketball coach Mark Smyth;

¯ Accepted a resignation from teacher Melissa Hudson effective Nov. 6;

¯ Accepted additions to the county substitute teacher list including Marianne DuBois, Melissa Miles and Mark Kovalcik, the latter of which was approved last month for Stanton but will now serve all three buildings;

¯ Hired Brenda Stone as the new secretary of the superintendent after accepting her resignation as longtime secretary at EHS. She began her new duties on Nov. 18;

¯ Approved supplemental contracts for Jamie Evans and Josh Waggoner for volunteer wrestling, Mark Smyth for freshman basketball, Anwaa Martin for junior high wrestling and Jessica McAllister as VLA teacher for the current academic school year;

¯ Named Aric Bernhart and David Dock as substitute bus drivers for the 2019-20 school year;

¯ Granted permission for co-ed indoor track and field club at no cost to the district;

¯ Approve memorandums of understanding for the district resource officers;

¯ Approved the second reading of new and revised policies;

¯ Approved a swim team contract with Steubenville City Schools for use of its pool;

¯ Accepted donations of $100 for Paws Pantry from Jeffrey Kemmer, $500 each for student needs at John Gregg and Stanton from the Bergholz Foundation and $1,000 for computers at John Gregg from the Bergholz Foundation;

¯Learned three $600 Best Practice Grants were awarded to teachers Kathy Ramsey, Jordan Tice and Mikayla Tice from the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for their innovative classroom projects;

¯ Approved a $6,575 school safety training grant;

¯ Approved District Treasurer Lisa Bruzzese to be designee for public records training for board members Tracy Wright, John Prokopakis and Ron Smyth;

¯ Set the next meeting for 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at John Gregg Elementary.

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