Bridgeport BOE extends pacts for Downing, Pritts

BRIDGEPORT – The Bridgeport Exempted Village School District has made major strides in the last several years.

The district’s board of education hasn’t overlooked those facts as the five-member panel unanimously approved extending the contracts of Superintendent Ted Downing and Treasurer Cheryl Pritts for three more years.

“We had a special meeting Sunday and went over the evaluation procedures,” Board President Roger Stewart explained following Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting in the school’s cafetorium. “It was the consensus of the entire board, as you saw with the 5-0 vote, that both Ted and Cheryl are doing an excellent job. We want to keep this continuity that we have going in the district.

“We wanted them to see personally that we’re supporting all the decisions and things they’ve done,” he added.

Both had the contracts renewed three years ago. The recent extensions reach to June 30, 2018.

The board heard from Dorothy Vannest, of the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, on the After-School Program in Belmont County.

She told the board that there were less than 10 students when the program started last year, but has grown to nearly 100 students this year. She reported that Bridgeport has between 25-30 students in its program, while Bellaire has 40 and St. Clairsville nearly 20.

Vannest also said that the nearly $1 million grant has two years left on it.

Several students were honored for various accomplishments.

Cited for their scores on the third grade Fall OAA Reading Assessment were Kyle Dunlap (447), Madison Criswell (440) and Connor Otte (440).

Awarded for their work at the 11th annual Visual and Performing Arts Showcase were fifth-graders Marissa Johnston, Chloe Doud, Hunter Kelley and Tim Stanton; sixth-graders Madison McMahon, Farah Hawk, Lindsey Johnston, Ryleigh Jackson, Katie McConn, Dakota Martin, Jessa Stockwell and Courtney Coen; seventh-graders Briana Conaway, Kayla Scheid, Jason Sommer, Dakota Wilson, Trevor Leiffer, James Walton, Angela Sommer and Robert Mullen; and eighth-graders Karissa Eoff, Vetra Foster and Nikki Cook.

Named as Students of the Month for January were Reese Twyman (freshman), Breanna Cross (sophomore), Noel Kelly (junior) and Alyssa Cook (senior). Students of the Month for February were Hannah Patroski (freshman), Justine Schell-Green (sophomore), Abby Gresham (junior) and Hannah Lewis (senior).

Senior Maclaine Murad was recognized for joining the 1,000-point club in girls’ basketball.

In other news, the board unanimously approved the following matters:

  • appointing Stewart as the district’s representative to attend the annual Belmont Technical College Caucus in April;
  • the transfers of Jill Boyer from kindergarten teacher to first grade teacher and Beverly Prati from Intervention Specialist to kindergarten teacher, both effective with the 2014-15 school year;
  • the retirement of Karla Schambach, effective May 31, and her rehirement for two years under the retire/rehire program, effective with the 2014-15 school year;
  • the retirement of Marilyn Dailer, effective at the end of this school year;
  • the supplemental contract resignations of Karla Schambach (Jr. High athletic director) and Tessa Kinsey (varsity cheerleading coach), effective at the end of the current school year;
  • the hiring of Don Cash III as head track coach; Jeff Frey as assistant track coach; Ashly Orzolek as volunteer assistant track coach; and Erica Harvey as cheerleading coach;
  • approved Cody Bishop as a volunteer assistant girls’ softball coach;
  • the annual maintenance contract with Ohio Valley Athletic Fields, formerly St. Clair Lawn, for work on Perkins Field;
  • the continuation of the Bullying Hotline for $250 per year.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 24 at 7 a.m.

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