Harrison East principal resigns

CADIZ The Harrison Hills City School Board Thursday night approved the resignation of Sandra Leggett, principal at Harrison East Elementary, effective July 31, 2013.

Leggett has worked in the district for more than 30 years as a teacher, intervention teacher, and has served as a principal for five years at the middle and elementary school levels, helming the largest elementary school in the district.

She headed Harrison East Elementary during the consolidation process that combined three schools into a cohesive and functional entity.

Leggett said the students’ success has always been her top priority.

“At each level of employment, whether it was teaching or administration, I think one of the biggest, most important things to me has always been the students,” she said.

She credited the staff for their hard work, innovation and cooperation, and the community for their enthusiasm and support.

She will take up a principal’s position in Carrollton County. She said the location will allow her to spend more time with children and grandchildren.

“You have done tremendous things at East. We’re going to miss you,” said School Board President Deborah Kenny.

Her post will be assumed by Bert Tharp, dean of students at Harrison East. He has 28 years of experience in education and looks forward to continuing programs and encouraging the improving test scores. Tharp will continue prepare for the new school year.

The board approved the resignation of Ashley Baur, teacher, effective June 30, 2013.

Board members approved supplementals for the 2013-14 school year including Angela Carlier, varsity cheerleader advisor; Patrick Dunlap, flag advisor; Missy Yoho, volleyball seventh grade; Eric Sheets, soccer boys; and Chuck Lewis, VLA science; Mike Valesko, varsity assistant football; Mike Palmer, varsity assistant football; Blake Allen, varsity assistant football; Cain Noble, football reserve; Bryce Allen, football freshmen; Ian Watt, football freshman assistant; Orion Bengier, football junior high assistant; Terra Frye; cheerleader reserve; Lisa Wentling, yearbook book advisor.

Justin Davia was approved as the MH aide for the Summer Enrichment Program.

Todd Dunlap and Rob Richards were approved as summer OGT intervention and test information for social studies and science.

The board approved volunteer supplemental coaches for the 2013-14 school year including Cassie Bellerive and Maryann Hart, marching band; Rob Copeland and Nick Baur, varsity football; Marcy Dunlap, varsity cheerleading.

Board members approved Laura Cope as the MIECHV Home Visitor through Help Me Grow effective May 24, 2013.

Board approved Rebecca Hajiran as the school psychologist effective Sept. 1, 2013-July 31, 2015.

Board approved the employment of Bryce Allen, seventh to 12th grade science teacher; Kelly Snider, first grade teacher at Harrison East; Samantha McIntosh, intervention specialist; Lisa Wentline, art teacher.

Board approved a leave of absence for Steve Cook and Adrienne Cook for the 2013-2014 year.

Board approved the employment of Linda Trushel as the nurse supervisor four hours per week beginning Aug. 19, 2013 through May 30, 2014.

Board approved re-employment for Cortney Yarish, Courtney Erdos, and Samantha Cappuccio in Help Me Grow and Tiffany Stock in Family and Children First, all for a one year limited contract for the 2013-2014 school year.

Board approved the return to work of Julie Dickerson, effective June 1 from a medical leave of absence.

Board approved the assignment of Kathy Pelegreen as head cook at Harrison North and Dean Carter as bus driver for the district for the 2013-2014 school year.

Board approved re-employing Luke Turner as an intervention specialist and Mike Palmer as a PE/Health teacher at Harrison Junior Senior High School for the 2013-2014 year.

In matters of business and operations, the treasurer was authorized to complete and file paperwork to the Ohio Division of Unclaimed Funds concerning property for $25 and property for $144.34. The holder reporting funds for both is Pitney Bowes Bank, Inc.

Board approved an athletic petty cash checking account to pay officials and security personnel who perform services at athletic events during the 2013-14 school year. Raymond Hibbs, athletic director, will maintain the records and work in cooperation with the treasurer. The maximum amount to be paid to an official is $500. A list approved by the treasurer or assistant treasurer must be provided prior to any payment.

Board approved a contract for Damon’s effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Board approved a cooperative agreement with the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities for the 2013-2014 school year.

Sheila Koch was approved to the Puskarich Public Library Board effective Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Board approved a memorandum of understanding with HHTA regarding professional development.

Board approved the teacher evaluation system.

Board approved the Puskarich Library budget request for the 2014 budget year.

Board approved a transition agreement with Harcatus Head Start for children who will transition to kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year.

Board will enter into contract with Pisanick Partners, LLC for food service for the purpose of meeting new regulations concerning menus and nutritional analysis.

Board approved enrollment into group retrospective rating for worker’s compensation with CompManagmenet Inc. for jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014.

Board accepted all bids submitted for the window well project at Harrison Jr/Sr High School and award the bid to Pappy’s Construction, Inc.

Board approved temporary appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014.

Board approved a contract for the operation of the Jefferson Regional Spectrum Center for the 2013-2014 school year, as well as a memorandum of understanding for National Webcheck or Webcheck 4.00 program services and equipment to continue to provide Webchecks to employees. Board also approved an agreement with Jefferson County ESC for Occupational Therapy Services for Fiscal Year 2014.

In matters of students, board approved payment in lieu of bus transportation to parents who sent letters announcing their child was attending a school where transportation was impractical.

Board approved payment for eligible pupils participating in post secondary enrollment options for the 2012-2013 school year. Board also approved next school year’s handbook.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com