East Liverpool — During the last board of education meeting of 2020, members of the East Liverpool school board reflected on the year and its accomplishments despite the pandemic and wrapped up some year-end business.
While meeting via Google Meet, Superintendent Jonathan Ludwig thanked the community for its flexibility and expressed some relief that the coronavirus vaccine is now available for public use. He is looking forward to getting all the district’s students back in the buildings around mid-January or the month of February, adding he received word on Thursday of the 60th case of COVID within the district.
On the tale end of that, board members agreed with Larry Walton’s suggestion that the board draft a letter to send to district employees at the next meeting, thanking their efforts amidst the pandemic.
Ludwig also has sent a note of thanks to Liverpool Township trustees, who purchased 20 HP Chromebooks out of their CARES Act money, which were donated to the school for use by LaCroft Elementary teachers.
In other action, board members accepted the retirements of Betty Rose as a 40-year bus driver and Sandra Walgate, a district teacher since April 1994.
Mary Anne Tyler of Westgate Middle School and Kara Martin of LaCroft Elementary were placed on elevated salary schedules as longtime substitutes, and the following were given supplemental contracts: Kirsti Edwards and Shayne Jones, cheerleaders for seventh and eighth grades; and Tonyea Robert, Derrick Drinnon and Elizabeth Connor, track coaches.
The board also renewed memorandums of understanding and transition agreements with the Family Children First Council, Community Action Agency (Head Start), county Board of Developmental Disabilities (Early Intervention Program), county Health District and Paxis Institute.