SALEM — The Salem school board has approved a resolution retaining legal services plus a host of administrative and personnel matters.
The resolution retains the services of the law firm Brickler & Eckler LLP as legal counsel to the school district in matters relating to school law, such as public finance or construction. the firm is retained to provide both legal advice or legal representation in court if necessary.
The following administrative items and programs were also approved for the school year: a purchase service agreement with GCL Education services LLC; the retention of the services of a LEP Immigrant Family Liaison for students and families in the district; high school fees; permanent appropriations and permission for the treasurer to make corrections as needed; pre-school, mid-day and special education bus routes; the OPTIONS program; AM and Saturday detention programs; in lieu of transportation payments; amendments to the AT&T service agreement; the Unlocking Potential Mentorship program in coordination with the United Way Services of Nothern Columbiana County at Southeast Elementary; local graduation diploma seals; a memorandum of understanding between Salem City Schools and PsyCare Inc.; and an agreement between the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Salem School District to provide educational services for students in the school district.
The board approved the hiring of bus drivers Vickie Brewer and Carol Speece for the Alliance Career Center route; and Reily Elementary cafeteria servers Charlotte Lynn Hack and Jill Becker.
The board approved the resignations of Reilly Elementary cafeteria worker Vicky Steves and high school cafeteria worker Stephanie Stiffler.
Other personnel matters included the approval of non-athletic supplementals for Lisa Devereaux, Class of 2024 and 2025 advisor, and Hanna Froelich, Pep Club; approval of athletic supplementals for junior varsity boys’ basketball coach Matt Mowery, eighth-grade boys coach Cory Wonner, assistant girls’ varsity coach Renee Dreger, junior varsity girls’ basketball coach Eric Bailey, seventh- and eighth-grade cheer advisors Megan Ellis and Ashley Taafe, and freshman cheerleading advisor Natalee Miller; the approval of athletic supplemental resignations for high school cheer competition advisors Megan Ellis and Ashley Taafe; the award of Ohio Association of Public-School Employees bids to Buckeye Elementary duty aide Stephanie Stiffler and high school cafeteria cashier Vicky Steves; the approval of Ardyth Sommers as a volunteer assistant to the school nurses; the approval of certified and classified substitutes; the approval of teachers for the OPTIONS and detention programs; the approval of mentors to resident educators as part of the required Ohio Resident Educator Program; and the approval of Lisa Devereaux-Bucholtz as a fall game worker.
The board also heard a request from City Councilman Dennis Plegge to hold a charity boxing event at the school to raise funds for homeless veterans. The event would feature approximately five three-round exhibition bouts which would include several local figures, including Plegge himself in the main event. Plegge is a former amateur and professional fighter and a three-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, even having fought a bout at the high school when he was a senior in 1974. Were the bout to happen it would make Plegge the second oldest fighter to ever compete in a professional bout. Plegge noted that the event would likely be able to draw upwards of $12,000, and see five to six former boxing world champions in attendance, including legendary Ohio boxer Ray “Boom-Boom” Mancini.
“For extraordinary people you need to do something extraordinary,” said Plegge of the potential event.
Superintendent Sean Kirkland noted that this was the most unique request that he had seen in his time as superintendent, and while he loved boxing, and loved the motivation of helping veterans, the board would need to evaluate and discuss the request at a legal level before making a decision, and that they would communicate further with him after they had time to do so.