Sandy Valley to be involved in county-wide school safety meeting

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MAGNOLIA -- During a regular meeting of the Sandy Valley Board of Education on Monday night, superintendent David Janofa reported about a county-wide safety meeting that will be held this Friday, Feb. 22.

The Stark County Educational Service Center at 2100 38th St. NW, Canton, will conduct the meeting. The educational center has reached out to all districts and asked them to invite all of their law enforcement agencies that service the district. Doug Neading operations manager in the district is inviting representatives of the police departments in the villages of Waynesburg and Magnolia, as well as the Tuscarawas Sheriff's Department. The Stark County Sheriff's Department will be in attendance. Numerous topics dealing will school safety will be discussed.

Janofa also reported that he, along with Neading and Paul Hanood, attended a meeting at Plain Local Schools that dealt with school safety, as well. The superintendent and principal from Chardon Schools, which recently went through a tragic shooting, were presenters. He said the meeting was tremendously informative.

Janofa said he wanted to acknowledge Neading for his efforts to obtain $125,000 in an Environmental Protection Agency grant that would be used that evening for a bus purchase. The grant was part of the 2012 federal EPA National Clean Diesel Rebate Program. Janofa added about the new bus purchase, "We currently have the lowest cost per mile in Stark County and the new purchase will continue to reduce cost in transportation."

The superintendent also reported the "Inside Sandy Valley" issue would be delivered within a week.

He thanked the board, staff, administration and students for their enthusiasm, pride and spirit during the all-school assembly on Feb. 1 to celebrate the "excellent' honors the district received from the state. "The hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence by everyone involved in the district's success is outstanding," Janofa said. "I would also like to thank our parents for the continued support."

Janofa included his report by informing the board that the "Destination Imagination" regional competition will be held at Sandy Valley High School on March 2. The event will start at about 8 a.m., with team performances scheduled throughout the day.

In other business, the board:

• ISSUED a contract for the remainder of the school year to Lori Schneider, bus driver for Route 23;

• APPROVED Andrew Pachuta III as a custodian in the district;

• ACCEPTED the resignation of Christopher Essig, varsity boys track coach;

• ISSUED the following supplemental contracts: Brian Gamble, head varsity baseball coach; Matthew O'Brian, varsity baseball assistant; Jason Herold, junior varsity baseball; David Boron Jr., Brady Kail and Tim Newman, volunteer baseball coaches; Jill Williams, head varsity softball coach; Gary Kail, varsity assistant softball coach; Carmen Swihart and Cortney Geiger, each one-half stipend for junior varsity softball; Jim Shine, volunteer softball coach; Jason Calkins head varsity boys track coach; Ed Lidderdale, varsity assistant boys track; Marlin Rasor, head varsity girls track coach; Elizabeth Lampe, varsity girls assistant track; Justin Baum, middle school boys track; and Sarah Lancaster, middle school girls track;

•APPROVED a resolution to provide for the issuance and sale of bonds in a maximum aggregate amount of $2,515, 000, for the purpose of refunding certain bonds issued to finance certain permanent improvements;

• ESTABLISHED a new student activity fund for the purpose of recording all receipts and expenditures for Destination Imagination;

• APPROVED the following student fund raisers: carnation sales by SADD and cheerleader clinic by cheerleaders;

• WENT into an executive session to consider the employment of a public official and to discuss the school safety plan.

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