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Bid Approved for Outdoor Classroom Project

Learning will have a slightly different look after the Edison Local Board of Education approved a bid for an outdoor classroom project.

   During the regular session on June 28, officials awarded a general contract to Grae-Con Construction, Inc. of Steubenville for the estimated $162,000 project to erect pavilions outside of Stanton and John Gregg Elementary Schools. The idea is to provide students with an alternative learning environment which also adds a health aspect.

   Superintendent Bill Beattie said the concept was inspired by the coronavirus pandemic.

   “We’re building two large pavilions where teachers will be able to go outside and have instruction,” he explained. “The idea came from the pandemic. We told teachers to get the students outside as much as possible.”

   The 24-foot-by-36-foot structures will include picnic tables for the students to use while teachers instruct the class.     Beattie continued that Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta obtained federal ESSER II funds for COVID-19 to finance the project. Work is set to begin in August but the completion date is undetermined since the construction company is awaiting the availability of structural steel.

  The board also took a series of action on personnel matters during the meeting, which included accepting the resignation of Samanda Pepperling, a guidance counselor at Edison High School, who is taking a similar post in Myrtle Beach. Pepperling’s depature comes on the heels of guidance counselor Sara McGee, who moved on to Meadowcroft High School. Both posts have been filled with Chandler Hoppel named at Monday’s session and Karen Crawford hired during a special meeting on June 21. Officials also rescinded Lynsey Morrison’s supplemental contract as a junior high coach and corrected it as assistant girls’ basketball coach, plus they employed Sheri Call and Miranda Robinson as summer school teachers, Whitney Tingler as a fourth-grade teacher at Stanton Elementary and Lori Cronin as a summer cook retroactive to June 22.

   In other business, the school board:

–Approved contracts with the Columbiana County Educational Service Center for occupational therapy services and Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities for special education services;

–Approved an agreement with OME-RESA for the purchase of electric generation commencing this December;

–Approved overnight field trips for the Edison High School Marching Band to attend Band Camp at West Liberty University from July 18-23 and the EHS FFA Chapter to attend FFA Camp in Carrollton from July 7-11;

–Approved supplemental contracts for Miranda Robinson for junior high volleyball and basketball; Anthony Forte, assistant boys’ basketball; David Haught and Jason Waggoner, junior high wrestling; Mark Pittman, wrestling volunteer; Scott Day, band volunteer; and Anna Ault, volunteer junior high girls’ basketball;

–Approved a contract with the Village Network for mental health services for the 2021-22 school year;

–Approved an interagency and transition agreement with Harcatus Tri-County C.A.O., Inc. Head Start;

–Approved a five-year contract with Coca-Cola for exclusive beverage services for the district;

–Approved SORSA

–Rescinded 10 days’ extended time for Jamie Angelini, the new district special education and preschool director, from June 1-July 1 and approved 10 days’ extended time from June 1-July 31;

–Approved a contract with Roioano Contracting, Inc. of Carrollton of to install catch basins and pave at John Gregg Elementary;

–Approved SORSA for property and liability insurance credit card rewards from Bank of America. A check was requested for $1,016.87;

–Announced an open house at EHS on Aug. 19 from 4-7 p.m.;

–Set the next regular board meeting for July 21 at EHS at 6 p.m.