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LISBON – The boards for the Columbiana County Educational Service Center and the county’s Career and Technical Center wrapped up their business for the year in short meetings last week.

ESC Superintendent Anna Marie Vaughn updated ESC governing board members on legislation that could move education policymaking from the state board of education to a cabinet-level department. Known as Ohio Senate Bill 178, the legislation passed the senate but was rejected by the House of Representatives.

Right now, the legislation is dead, but he said it’s likely the bill will be reintroduced in 2023. Vaughn said it shows the House is pushing and feels it’s too much change to make in a short amount of time.

He and Board President Richard Stoudt said they wanted to keep an eye on the proposal, with Stoudt commenting that it would be productive. “a great transfer of authority and power.” He said they would have to make some phone calls and write some letters in response if they were returned.

Vaughn also talked about State Rep.-elect Monica Robb Blasdel attending a recent meeting of county superintendents. He also discussed the recent National Conference for Educational Service Centers in Atlanta, Ga., which included a presentation by CCESC representatives and was attended by Stoudt and board member Aaron Hinchliffe.

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Assistant Superintendent Marie Williams said their topic was a Day in the Life of ESC. They talked about the Reach for the Stars consignment store, Opportunity Center and other programs, which received favorable comments. One response said that they are doing an amazing job for the community.

Vaughn said ESC is currently recruiting for someone with retail experience who can coach students at the store located in downtown Salem.

In personnel, the ESC governing board approved: Alexia Miller as a student teacher for the spring semester assigned to Salem Reilly Elementary teacher Sarah Haren; Alexis McKenzie as a student teacher for the spring semester assigned by Salem Reilly Elementary teacher Melissa Kerr; Morgan Kestner-Roush as a student teacher for the spring semester assigned to Beaver elementary teacher Tiffany Kekel; and Sydney Detchon an Occupational Therapy student from January 2 to February 24 assigned with Tracy Springer.

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The board also: approved the resignation of Robert Greier as paraeducator effective December 16; Madisyn Carter was hired as a sub teacher; hired Carmen Minor as an academic leader in the McKinley Learnings Kool After School program; hired Zoee Moore, Jamie Smith, Amanda Witherow and Cristin Thompson as paraeducators; and approved Richard Teller for the CBA Work Solutions program.

The next ESC board meeting is at 5pm on January 17 at the board’s offices on Saltwell Road, with the organizational meeting followed by the regular meeting.

CCCTC Board

The career center board rehired Terry Hutson as Adult Education Assistant Director on an administrative contract effective Jan. 6, 2023 to June 30, 2026 in a retire/rehire arrangement. If necessary, the board announced an opportunity for members of the public to comment on the retirement/rehire move, but no one attended the meeting.

According to Superintendent Willard Adkins and Director of Adult Education Kelly Darney, Hutson started in 1994, left for a short four-year period and returned in 2011 and has stayed ever since.

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During his report, Darney reported that the nursing program for the LPN to RN tract is currently limited to 60 students for the class beginning in April. He also said the LPN program class doesn’t start until September, but he’s already working on some marketing to promote the program.

Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello reported on the recent staff professional development day and the recent student skills and challenge cup competitions.

In other business matters, the career center board accepted the resignation of Bonita Newton as Adult Education Nursing Coordinator effective December 31 and approved the transfer of $750,000 from the general fund to the permanent improvement fund.

Students and staff will return to school on Jan. 3, with the next school board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the school’s central office on state Route 45. The organizational meeting will be followed by regular monthly meetings.




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