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Contract, bid plan focus of JVS Session

BLOOMINGDALE — The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board of Education has renewed the contract of its longtime treasurer after taking official action on Tuesday.

The board agreed to give Treasurer Karen Spoonemore a two-year deal, extending her tenure from Aug. 31, 2021, to July 31, 2023. Spoonemore has been with the school district for roughly three decades and Superintendent Todd Phillipson said she continues to bring a wealth of knowledge to her role.

“She does a great job and has had great audits and brings a lot of experience being a career tech treasurer,” he said.

Meanwhile, the latest construct from students in the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School carpentry program will be seeking occupancy as leaders plan to take bids later this spring.

“We will be in the process of advertising the modular home and putting it up for sealed bids,” said Phillipson. “We have to set dates for when we’re taking the sealed bids and advertise. It may be in April or May.”

It is the third modular home built by carpentry students in the past few years, but previous classes erected a total of seven houses at the Breezewood Manor subdivision near the school campus on County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale.

The latest home includes three bedrooms, two baths, a great room incorporating a living room and dining area, a kitchen and a laundry room. In addition to carpentry, the school’s electrical trades program and some professional contractors were also involved, with the latter performing plumbing and HVAC work. Once it is purchased, the building will be split into two sections for transport to the new owner’s property, where they will later be reattached.

Phillipson said the current project’s conclusion has been a long time coming since it was abruptly halted by the pandemic.

“We planned to have it finished last summer but we didn’t have school from March 16 to the end of the school year, so they couldn’t work on it.”

Following discussion, the board authorized Phillipson and Spoonemore to take steps to advertise for and sell the home while an open house will also be scheduled.

In other matters:

¯ Phillipson said 40 teachers and JVS staff members will be getting their COVID-19 vaccinations at Edison High School on Feb. 24;

¯ Principal/Supervisor Dan Hartman updated leaders on applications for CTE -26 for 2021-22 while Assistant Principal/Supervisor Andy Long reported on Spotlight on Skills regional and state activities for organizations;

¯ Phillipson and Spoonemore were named to serve a three-year term on the district’s insurance committee with Long as an alternate;

¯ Small animal science instructor Emily Moore was moved from Class III to Class IV and the treasurer to place the appropriate step, based on a letter and completion of college credit;

¯ The board approved the first reading of NEOLA board policies, applications for food service licenses to operate the the school cafeteria and Crestview Inn Restaurant through the Jefferson County Health Department;

¯ Leaders agreed to pay the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for costs associated with students taking credit recovery and enrichment courses through the Virtual Learning Academy;

¯ Officials approved the purchase of materials to install 100 feet of propane gas lines from Cattrell Company, Inc., as well as materials for the paint booth from Modern Auto and Truck Parts for the auto collision lab;

¯ The board acquired 32 laptops for staff from Best Buy, two indoor security cameras from i2c Technologies and seven AED’s from AED Superstore;

¯ Officials approved an MOU for College Credit Plus Alternative Funding agreement between Eastern Gateway Community College and JVS for 2021-22;

¯ Leaders announced parent-teacher conferences will be held on March 2 from 3:15- 6:15 p.m. while the Ohio School Boards Association’s Northeast Region Spring Conference will be conducted virtually on March 3;

¯ Reviewed the winter adult education program enrollment, saying numbers were down due to COVID-19 while classes have also been impacted by the inclement weather;

¯ Set the next meeting for March 16.

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