The Barnesville Board of Education unanimously approved a tentative three-year contract with the Barnesville Education Association at its April 26 meeting. After the meeting, Superintendent Angie Hannahs confirmed by email "the contract has been ratified by both the BEA and the Board".

The tentative agreement is with the Barnesville Education Association, the teachers' union representing certified personnel only. The contract is effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. Salary adjustments are: year 1 - 3.625% increase on the base plus a $750 signing bonus; year 2 - 3.625% increase on the base plus a $500 signing bonus; year 3 - 3.625% increase on the base plus a $500 signing bonus.

The four-hour long meeting included two executive sessions totaling three and one-quarter hours. On a split, 4-0-1 vote, the Board voted to approve Resolution #18-18, upholding a student expulsion under appeal.

The board voted to move forward with an elementary classroom renovation project for five classrooms in the elementary school building. Superintendent Hannahs noted the classrooms were not part of the early 2000s renovations. The $155,625 contract is with CCI Commercial Construction of Canton.

In personnel matters, the Board voted to:

• convert a part time physical education/health teacher at the Middle School to a full-time job and approved the appointment of Kelley Hanlon to the position effective with the 2018-19 school year

• accept the resignation of Beth Seneff as Middle School computer coordinator effective the end of the current school year

• approve the retirement of Barb Leek as school bus driver effective May 31

• convert a half-time custodian at the Middle School to a "260- day groundskeeper" hiring Katie Hoover to the position effective July 1

• award a 7-hour education aide position, currently assigned to the Middle School, to Emily Stephens, effective the start of the new year

• hire Vickie Betts as a 5.75-hour bus driver and David Groves as a 4.75-hour bus driver for the 2018-19 school year

Supplemental contracts for the coming year were approved for the following individuals: Colin Carneal (SENRAB advisor), Nick Saffield (head bowling coach), Jayson Stephen (head wrestling coach), Rick Milhoan (assistant wrestling coach), Jamie Carpenter (head girls’ basketball coach), Justin Little (assistant girls’ basketball coach), Matt Johnson (head boys’ basketball coach), Bobbi Johnson (head swim coach), Lauren King (assistant cheer coach).

A long-term substitute teacher contract for the 2017-18 school year was approved for Liza Spence.

In other action, the Board:

• approved a Calamity Day Alternative Make-Up Plan. Superintendent Hannahs describes the package as "a ‘3 Blizzard Bag or online learning opportunity days’ for students in lieu of attendance"

• approved the FFA state convention field trip of May 2-4

• approved a service agreement between the District and the Belmont County Student Services for the 2018-19 school year

• authorized continued membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2018-19 school year

• selected the Student Protection Agency as student insurance carrier for the 2018-19 school year

• approved a list of 92 Seniors to receive diplomas "provided they satisfactorily complete all requirements, have no pending fines or disciplinary actions"

Donations accepted by the Board included six additional donations totaling $1,325 for the May 4 Blood Bash from: Avenues of Barnesville, Bradio Memorials, Jim Jones Trucking, McGee, VFW Post #2792 and Wilson’s Accounting Service.

Underwriting donations for the April 26-27 Middle School Robotics Team trip to Louiville, KY totaling $6,040 from 40 individuals, businesses and community organizations were received from: Barnesville FOE Lodge Ladies Auxiliary #4252, Barnesville Kiwanis Club, Barnesville Mother’s Club, Barnesville Shamrock PTA, Barnesville Vision Center, Between The Lines Driving Academy.

And, Mallory Christman, Polly Collins, Jennifer Fetzer, First United Methodist Church, Dr. Amanda Fisher, Karolyn & Brian Fox, Fox family, Robert & Tina Greenwood, Tom Johnson Insurance Agency, Joe’s Tires, William Knox CPA, Beverly Lawton, Regina Lazenby, John & Rebecca Lynn, Lashley Tractor Sales, Daniel Miller, Tom & Nancy Murphy, Joann Murphy, Ponzani Nurseries LLC, Rumer Loudin, Starr’s Used Cars, Denise Stephen, Triple B Trucking, Connie Willison, Woodsfield Savings Bank and David & Marsha Ward.

Correspondence included a thank you letters from the family of the late Kathy Johnson and letters recognizing Jean Gallagher and Matt Hissom, instructors.