Wayne school closure official

MINGO JUNCTION – The fate of Wayne Elementary School was confirmed during Indian Creek’s monthly board meeting on Thursday.

Board member Dan Bove addressed the issue, stating the district is committed to providing the best educational programs, facilities and staff to ensure that every child is provided an excellent education.

“The administration and board of education are committed to balancing the fiscal budget and propelling our school district forward,” he said. “We review the financial condition of the district and cost savings options on a continuing basis.”

The district has lost operating revenue from the state totaling $1.3 million during the last two years, Bove said. As the state legistlators continue to promote educational choice and expand funding for school choice, it is unclear how much funding the district will continue to lose.

“Although our current financial situation makes keeping Wayne open unsustainable, we have made the decision to close the building based on several facets,” he explained. “Closing Wayne will enable the district to maximize facility usage, staffing and taxpayer dollars, thereby implementing the most effective and efficient means of educating our children.

“The board has reviewed the numbers with the treasurer and superintendent, and based upon their projections, which include the realignment of staff, there will be significant savings,” he continued. “The board has made the decision and voted unanimously to close Wayne Elementary School. That decision will not change.”

Bove added the board will continue to work with the parents of Wayne Elementary pupils to ensure a smooth transition.

In other matters, Doug Gosney of Nutrition Inc. briefed board members on the new nutritional standards from the federal government.

“Our district is still one of the most economical when it comes to school lunches compared to many of the other districts in our area,” he stated. “The elementary school lunches are currently set at $1.95 while lunches at the middle school and high school are $2.20.”

In other business, the board:

Approved a two-year contract with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center regarding virtual learning academy.

Entered into a roof maintenance agreement with Weatherproofing Technologies Inc. for Wintersville Elementary School and Indian Creek High School, effective for one year beginning Feb. 15.

Entered into a maintenance agreement with TS Electric to provide necessary electrical repairs, installations, labor and materials for the district from the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.

Approved the request of the ICHS band director to take band students to Branson, Mo., April 24-27, 2014, for performances. All expenses will be paid by band boosters, student fundraisers and parents. The students will be absent for three instructional days.

Approved teaching contracts for the following individuals: one-year contracts for John Kuczykowski, James Maul, Michele Fabbro and Virginia Pawelczyk; two-year contracts for Jonathan Hoover, Brittany Sperlazza and Natalie Ujcich; three-year contracts for Sarah Hayes and Willemijn Lambright; and continuing contracts for Brad Kessel, Julie Robinson, Megan Evans, Lori Mayher and Georgia Pavlic.

Approved volunteers Justin Wilson, Matt Cowser, Denny Cowser, Jake Geary, Mitch Hukill, John Kuczykowski, Tim Durban, Kim Mark, Lori Orban and Zeb Edgerly; non-renewal athletic workers Jean Miller, Theresa Miller, Patricia Peckins, Kitty Ferguson, Janet Grimes, Marilyn Roush, Helen Bayne, Kathy Dunlevy, Preston Shultz, Mark Mayle, Jim Abrams, Bruce Dondzila, Chad Dondzila, Rick Schmeid, Don Fithen, Mike Wilson, Daniel Dunlevy, Dan Lawrence, Richie Morelli, Mark Mayle, Joe Hammack, Shawn Roe and Andrew Connor; and non-renewal personal service contracts for Rick Bell, Gary Bracone, Ray Case Andrew Connor, David Connor, Randy Cottis, Richie Crowe, Keith Duncan, Clay Edgerly, Mary Ann Edgerly, Eugene Evans, Kerri Ferguson, Jessie Ferrari, Ed Fithen, Steven Fletcher, Jack Fluharty, Mike Furda, Gina Giuliani, Ty Harris, Doug Karas, Lacey Kepner, Doug Knight, Mike Kuester, Cody LaRue, Brad Leas, Todd Mazzaferro, Mentha Moore, Rich Morelli, Matt Morrow, Lori Orban, Tina Quattrochi, Amber Scott, John Serafini, JoLunn Smith, Trent Starkey, Casey Swearingen, Brittany Vella, Mike Voltz, Lisa Ward, Blake Wilson, Mike Wilson and Eric Zalenski.

Approved the resignation request of elementary teachers Suzanne Albaugh, Donna Ardito and Beverly Brenda for retirement purposes, effective June 1.

Announced the scholar banquet will be held at 1:30 p.m. on May 5 at St. Florian Hall; senior awards banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at St. Florian Hall; and graduation will be held at 7 p.m. on May 24 at Indian Creek Middle School.