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School districts awarded grants

December 19, 2012
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Governing Board Tuesday approved 14 Best Practice $400 grants for six local school districts.

The Edison Local School District, Toronto City School District and Harrison Hills City School District each received three grants, while Buckeye Local School District and Steubenville City School District received two grants each, and the Indian Creek Local School District applied for and received one grant.

It was the first year the Steubenville school district was eligible to participate in the grant program.

And the board approved increasing the best practice grant to $500 for the next school year.

In other business during the final meeting of the year, the school board approved a 56.5 cents mileage reimbursement rate for approved travel expenses.

The board approved board member Larry George to serve as president pro-tempore to preside over the reorganization at the Jan. 15 meeting.

Under personnel matters the board approved a four-year employment contract with Treasurer Donald Donahue.

The board also accepted the resignation of Ruth Tennant as a special needs preschool teacher and agreed to a request from Sharon Doty to reduce her annual work contract from 260 days to a 160-day schedule.

Blair Closser, Joe Roshak and Ron Sismondo reported on a "Collaborating with Colleagues" meeting of the local school districts.

"The teachers shared with each other what was working in their classrooms. We had good and positive conversations with the teachers, and we hope to hold the meetings again in the spring. A list of excellent websites were distributed and teachers shared some websites they have been utilizing," said Closser.

The board also met in executive session to discuss personnel.

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