Indian Creek pupils aid UW

MINGO JUNCTION – The pupils of the Indian Creek Middle School National Junior Honor Society are learning the meaning of giving back.

Teacher Cathy DiBenedetto told board members Thursday night that the club recently donated $1,000 to the United Way of Jefferson County.

“We held a Sadie Hawkins dance in November and sold 210 tickets,” she explained. “We also planned a United Way caring project and donated 2,358 food items to Mingo Social Services for their holiday food drive, which is the most the school has ever donated. The students are also encouraged to complete community service projects outside of school hours.”

DiBenedetto said 28 eighth-graders are enrolled in the honor society. Eighth-grader Madison Smith said she really enjoys giving back to the community.

“It was nice to be able to go down to the Mingo Social Services building and distribute toys and food to families in need,” she said. “All of us really enjoyed it.”

Steve Roka of the Ohio Schools Facility Commission then briefed the board on the classroom facility assistance program.

“As we all know, the program the district used to receive funds for the new middle school building was the exceptional needs program,” he began. “Unfortunately, the time for the high school with that program has run out. However, there is a chance that the high school may be able to receive funds through the classroom facility assistance program. If the district approves participation in this program, we would access district buildings to get an estimate at what kind of money were looking at for the district. If the state decides to put up money for the project then the district will have a chance to raise money as well for a year.”

Roka also told board members the commission would like to have more districts involved while the money is available.

“Our goal right now is to gather information and present different options of moving forward to the district,” he stated. “The district then has the opportunity to say yes or no depending on what they are presented.”

Roka mentioned the district would need to make a decision soon to be included in the program for the upcoming year.

In other matters, the school board passed a resolution of necessity to issue bonds in the amount of $23.5 million for the proposed high school project and locally funded initiatives in conjunction with the Ohio Schools Facility Commission.

In other business, the board:

Approved the resignation request of James Davis, bus driver, for retirement purposes effective Feb. 28.

Approved the resignation request of high school teacher Elida Petrella for retirement purposes, effective June 1.

Approved the resignation request of Richard Walulik for retirement purposes, effective Jan. 1.

Approved extending the administrative consultant contract of Courtland Stewart, which was to expire Jan. 30. The contract will be extended to not exceed an additional 30 days. The contract is to continue on an as-needed basis to coordinate the completion of the middle school project.

Approved the resignation request of special education teacher Lacie Kernick for personal reasons effective Feb. 10.

Approved subsidizing a portion of each 2013 AP student test at the high school at a cost of $10 per test. The estimated total would be $1,360.00