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Harrison honors retiring teachers

December 1, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

CADIZ - The Harrison Hills City Board of Education on Thursday showed appreciation for several teachers retiring.

Virginia Bieber ended her 45-year teaching career at Harrison North Elementary, and Holly Brindley retired after 35 years of teaching art. Pam Gibson taught high school English and language for 35 years, and Chuck Lewis taught 35 years of science. Cathy Miser retired after 33 years teaching at the elementary level, and Dorothy Turner taught elementary school pupils for 20 years.

George Ash, superintendent, noted the combined experience amounts to 238 years experience.

"I think that's pretty special," he said, adding that they all went beyond the call of their teaching duties through extracurricular and after-hours work.

He said that during the past five years, the school district has been rated as effective for three of those years and for two years the district was rated as excellent. "I think it's indicative of the work these teachers did. They certainly need to be rewarded and need to be looked at with the highest esteem in our community because you're saving lives every day."

He read a brief note of appreciation from a student, describing the impact the district teachers have had.

In other matters, Ash noted the district is making gains in open enrollment. The district is receiving 69 students and losing 338 with a net turnaround of 67.17 students.

"We're gaining ground. We're going in the right direction," he said, noting that $5,700 per each of the 67 students amounts to $382,869. "We've got a lot of work to do."

He also relayed a letter of appreciation for the soccer team and coach Brent Ripley, thanking the board for its support during a successful first season.

In other business, the board:

Approved substitutes Lizbeth Salyers as bus driver, aide, cafeteria worker and custodian; Trisha Erickson, secretary, aide, custodian and cafeteria worker; Claudia Downs, bus driver and aide; Lindsay Watson, teacher/tutor; Millroy Watson, custodian and bus driver; Pam Fisher, custodian; and Shirley Ault, bus driver.

Accepted the retirement of Cathy Salsberry, effective Jan. 1, and Hervert Hyde as custodian effective Saturday.

Approved Neil Lynskey as a bus driver at 5.5 hours per day effective Nov. 12.

Approved additional duties of a.m. and p.m. site managers of the 21st Century Tutoring Program to Brent Ripley and Duran Morgan.

Approved Mark Kowalski as director of operation in training for the 2012-13 year.

Assigned additional duties of Close-Up adviser to Morgan for the 2012-13 school year.

Approved Don Bethel as varsity softball coach for the 2012-13 school year.

Confirmed the assignment of Carol Atkins to MH aide at Harrison East Elementary effective Saturday.

Recalled John Rustin from the OAPSE RIF list as head custodian at the junior/senior high school effective Saturday.

Rejected bids for a door replacement project and waived spring fuel costs for the band boosters totaling $629.59.

Approved a County and Institution of Higher Education Article of Agreement with Ohio University Eastern for the 2012-13 school year.

Approved roof restoration at the Harrison East Elementary bell tower, the Harrison Central library and power washing at the main building.

Approved adult support groups under the district's liability insurance including the wrestling club, cheerleader parents and FFA alumni.

Accepted applications for three interdistrict students and intradistrict students and approved requests to place two foreign exchange students.

Approved Morgan to take five to seven Close-Up students to Washington, D.C., from Jan. 17-23 for the presidential inauguration.

Approved use of facilities request from Amanda's Dance Academy for dance practice at the junior/senior high school Oct. 1 through June 30 and a holiday recital from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 8.

A special board meeting has been set for 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss matters of personnel. No action will be taken.

A special organizational meeting is planned at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10, with a budget hearing at 6:45 p.m.

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