ANDOVER – PV BOE led by Superintendent Michael Candela, as well as by Coaches David Miller and David Benedict gave lots of recognition to State Wrestling Champion Gaige Willis and District Wrestling Champion Jacob Edelman during their monthly board meeting on Monday, April 10. (From April 14 edition of The News).
As noted by Candela, both students went above and beyond what most wrestlers do and was proud to present Edelman a certificate and Willis a plaque to honor their accomplishments.
Following the special presentation, a brief update on the buildings was given by each principal beginning with Primary Principal Billie Williams who noted that around 224 primary students received certificates recently for honor and merit role as well as for perfect attendance, stated that right now they have about 58 students enrolled in kindergarten for next year, talked about kindergarten registration taking place on May 5 and 12, had praise for the $5,340 of dental sealant services that they were given, as well as discussed second, third and fourth grade literacy tutoring that is taking place.
From there Assistant Principal Lori Slekar discussed how testing has been taking place for three weeks now for third and fourth grade students, that it went smoothly and that they will receive results by the end of June.
After Slekar Williams mentioned that test data will not be earlier as she had hoped, as well as advertised a few upcoming events the school will be having.
From there Middle School Principal Henrik Wolfert had lots of praise for their IT department in setting up testing, which he said was almost finished, talked about two students receiving recognition during Kent State Ashtabula’s English Festival and three students placing at Henderson Memorial Public Library’s Art Show, that their Scholastic Book Fair is finishing up, had praise for Victor Verva who recently placed second in a wrestling tournament, explained track season is underway, talked about tryouts taking place for their May 17 play, as well as that they will be holding an after school discovery program on 3D printers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 25 through May 9 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Following Wolfert, High School Principal Daniel Jackson noted 128 spring honor roll and 68 merit role students at the school, had praise for Taylor Peel and Colleen Sabeh in putting together their spring musical Beauty and the Beast, as well as for John Hulburt in putting together a great band concert, noted about 22 cheerleaders had tried out for spots on the team and acknowledged that Mason Mazzaro recently received second place during FFA’s State Dairy Handler’s Competition.
Jackson also thanked PV Athletic Boosters for the hard work they are doing, explained that the eleventh graders recently took their ACTs and thanked Guidance Counselor David Brown for providing assistance in setting it up, talked about the students taking end of course exams and thanked Sparkle for their generous donation in providing ice cream sandwiches to the students at the end of the week after testing during their treasure hunt reward.
Lastly, Jackson said that there are many spring sports taking place at the high school, explained the school’s Principal’s Breakfast will include a presentation from Alumni Emily Brown, as well as noted other upcoming events.
Business wise, minutes of March 13 regular session was approved, along with financial reports, an authorized payment of bills, as well as investments for the month of March.
For superintendent’s reports and recommendations approvals were made to employ Thomas Mazzaro, Amber Herren, Corey Sundberg, Jennifer Spencer and Colleen Hermann under a one year limited contract for the 2017-2018 school year, to employ Justin Dye, Celeste Fenton, Taylor Peel, Danyelle Romanowski, Lori Tabor and Brett Weese under a two year limited contract, as well as to employ Justin Smith, Richard Walters, Heather Fasola, Christian Payne and Jennifer Stasiak under a three year limited contract.
The board also decided to award a continuing contract status to Julie Swiger and Kelly Bonds, who have been employed at least three of the last five years at PV Schools and who have attended to licensure requirements, as well as awarded contracts to classified personnel at the negotiated salary rate to Steve Hlbase, Cheri C. Godfrey, Amanda Lockwood, Holly Carr, Mary Adkins, Courtney Leonard, Rebecca Charboneau, Andrea Drnek, Kim McClure and Lonnie Mead under a two year limited contract, as well as a continuing contract status to James Hunt, Nikki Hootman, Eric Farmer and Gloria Schlecht who have been employed for at least three of the last four years at PV Schools.
Other approvals included to employ Jennifer Hubbard as substitute secretary, to non-renew the one year limited contract of MS/HS Health and Physician Teacher, Emily Pittman, to employ Lonnie Mead as a 5.25 hour bus driver.
They also decided to employ the following under one year limited supplemental and activity contracts for the 2017-2018 school year at the negotiate salary rate for winter supplementals: Ryan Shontz- Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, Richard Walters- Assistant and JV Boys’ Basketball Coach, Jeff Compan-Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, David Miller-Head Wrestling Coach, David Benedict-Assistant Wrestling Coach and Scott Keller-Assistant Swim Coach.
For middle school the board also approved to employ the following under a one year limited supplemental and activity contract for the 2017-2018 school year: David Sharpe-Seventh Grade Girls’ Interscholastic Basketball Coach, Andy Gray-Eighth Grade Girls’ Interscholastic Basketball Coach, Neal Croston-Eighth Grade Boys’ Interscholastic Basketball Coach, Kevin Brown-Intramural Wrestling Coach and Amber Herren-Eighth Grade Volleyball Coach.
Also discussed and approved included the tentative list of 2017 graduates, an out of state field trip to Waldameer Park in Erie, PA on Friday, May 26, an expenditure for a then and now certification for Valic in the amount of $18,472.68 that was made on March 28, 2017, as well as approved a list of equipment for disposal.
As far as donations the board approved to accept $3,000 from The Roaming Shores Polar Bear Club to go towards the Jeffrey B. Meddock scholarship fund, $57.04 from Kinsman Ace Hardware for art supplies for the PV Primary Art Group for the creation of a four by four barn quilt.
They also received the following donations from PV Athletic Boosters: $815 to the HS Track Team raised from the dodgeball tournament, $200 to the HS Athletic fund for the purchase of table at the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Dinner, $500 to the HS Athletic fund for the purchase of a track record board and swim record board, $800 to the football account for the purchase of HUDL, an online scouting service, $255 to the wrestling account for the purchase of district title t-shirts and $250 to the HS Athletic fund for the purchase of a table at the Hall of Fame Track Dinner.
Following the superintendent’s reports and recommendations, a Daikin Proposal was given by William Dick regarding a new project to replace the heating controls, which he explained was setup as a proprietary system and how the equipment is obsolete.
After Dick’s presentation, the board held an executive session, which included a follow up approval to start a contract so that they could begin phase one of updating the primary school’s heating system.
Events for Pymatuning Valley School District included a Multimedia Skills USA Trip on Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 12, a second grade play Charlotte’s Web on Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m., Spring Break from Friday, April 14 through Friday, April 21, a third grade music program on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m., a Principal’s Breakfast on Wednesday, April 26 at 8 a.m. at Andover Christian Church, an FFA banquet Thursday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, as well as high school prom on Saturday, April 29, beginning with Tiffany’s Grand March at 5 p.m. at VMPAC.
Other events include PV’s Mini Relay for Life on Friday, May 12 from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., Primary School Career Day on Thursday, May 18, a spring choral concert on Thursday, May 18 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at VMPAC, Senior Evening Awards on Tuesday, May 23 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., HS Pride Day on Thursday, May 25 from 12 p.m. until 2:20 p.m., Baccalaureate on Sunday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m. and Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at VMPAC.
Pictured: Superintendent Michael Candela, State Champion Gaige Willis, District Wrestling Champion Jacob Edelman, Coach David Miller and Coach David Benedict on Monday, April 10 at PV’s Monthly BOE Meeting.