BOARD OF EDUCATION RECOGNIZES ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS

The Hancock County Board of Education recognized those students who had excelled in their field of study at Monday’s meeting. Winners of the State Skills USA Winners from JDRIV were: GOLD: Aubrey Stoica – CPR/First Aid; Julianna Campbell – Nurse Assistant; Natalia Vella – Photography Showcase’ Dawson Evans – Action Skillls; SILVER: Alexis Rhodes – Health Occupations Portfolio; Jack Crago – Welding Showcase; Gage Groetzinger – Carpentry Showcase; BRONZE: Megan Gaston – Job Skills Demonstration; Daniel Robinson – Advertising Design; Maria Stefansky, Riley Straight and Kylie Dunmeyer – Chapter Display.

Also recognized were the Academic Games National Qualifiers from Weir High School: Andrew Manteau – 3rd Place LinguiSHTIK; Hunter Antol – 6th Place Current Events; and Max Wood – 9th Place Theme;

A discussion and possible action on Oak Glen High School’s softball and baseball field was tabled. Also table was discussion and possible action to accept a bid from Musko Lighting.

In other business, the Board:

**Granted leave of absences to Katelyn Garland, Sarah Aspenleiter, Janet Arehart and Megan Heupp;

**Accepted resignations from Sandi Hissom, Multi/Categorical/Autism, New Manchester, Karin Peterson, Muilti/Categorical/Autism, Weirton Elementary;

Discussion was held on the legality of political advertising signage on fencing surrounding the athletic fields. State law prohibits political advertising on school property so any sign that says “elect……” is prohibited. A sign that simply says “Senator………. supports Oak Glen or Weir High” however is acceptable.

**Approved Summer School assignments for the following: Weirton Elementary – Susan Mastrantoni – Pre K – Special Needs; Jennifer Sanner – Pre-K- Special Needs; Jackie Fodor – teacher (kindergarten); Jennifer Curtis- teacher (kindergarten); Kathleen Nail – teacher (Multi-categorical/Autism); Andrew Romitte (teacher (multi-categorical/ Autism; WEIR HIGH -Teacher (credit recovery/ACT/SAT Prep)Andrew Jerkin; OAK GLEN HIGH – Trisha Enochs – Teacher (credit recovery/ACT/SAT Prep; Gavin Shaffer – Teacher (credit recovery/ACT/SAT Prep; COUNTYWIDE – Carrie Gillete – Teacher (Multi-Categorical Autism); Joy Mitchell – Occupational Therapist; Michelle Elias – Physical Therapist; Jennifer Burdette – Speech Language Pathologist;

**Approved Administrative Relief for the following coaches: Jaison Polly, assistant girls; Soccer; Quinton Smith, assistant Football, Weir High; Danny Rovira, assistant Football, Weir High; Jaylon Bridges, Assistant Football, Weir High; and Joseph Jimboy, assistant girls’ Basketball, Weir Middle;

**Accepted the resignation of the following coaches: George Martich, assistant boys’ Soccer, Weir High; Bob Babinchak, Head Bowling, Weir High; Ryan Pasco, assistant Wrestling, Oak Glen Middle; Robert Bozek, assistant Wrestling, Oak Glen High; Joseph Petrovich, assistant Football, Oak Glen High; and Randy Kernen, assistant Football, Weir Middle’

**Transferred McElhaney from assistant Boys’ Basketball, Oak Glen Middle, to assistant Boys’ Basketball, Oak Glen High;

**Approved Troy Whittaker as Assistant Gold (unpaid/volunteer) for Weir High and Chris Pugh as assistant Football, Oak Glen High;

**Accepted the resignations of Adam Howell, Senior Class & Student Council, Oak Glen High; Alyssa Rocchio, National Junior Honor Society, Weir Middle; Elizabeth Walsh, Skill USA, JDRIV Career Center;

**Approved unpaid days for Classified Employees Jamie Jenkins, Roseanna Finney, Jodi Headley, Tammie Shaw, Ashley Runkel; four dock days for Lor Sokac;

**Approved a leave of absence for Allissa Altomare, secretary – Central Kitchen’

**Accepted the resignation of Tracy Barnhart, Supervisory Aide/ECCAT, New Manchester Elementary;

**Approved summer assignments for the following: Nicole Hurst, Jodi Davis, Richard Antol, Joslyn Risk; Douglas Ireland; Austin Freeman; Collin Finch; Lisa Sayre, Robin Lojszcyk; and Tracy Rocknich;

**Approved an overnight trip for Oak Glen High FBLA to the national FBLA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The Board will meet Monday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. for the Budget Presentation and Review at Oak Glen High Media Center.