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BLOOMINGDALE — Two new positions are being filled at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School in an effort to prepare students for the world of work.

The JVS School Board met Tuesday and approved Carina Aulicino and Anthony Materna to serve as the Workforce Development Coordinator and Instructor for the new heavy equipment program. Each has been given a one-year limited-term contract and begins their term in August.

Aulicino, a Rayland resident, has worked with Eastern Gateway Community College and Belmont College and is pursuing her Masters in Educational Leadership at West Liberty University. JVS Superintendent Todd Phillipson said she will act as a liaison between the school and local industry to help students transition into the workforce.

“For the career, she will be in primary schools promoting careers and doing activities with children and for the workforce, she will contact employers and work with school staff and students to obtain a placement during the school year and an industry accreditation for workforce development. “, He continued.

His first day of work will be August 15.

Materna, who lives in the New Philadelphia area, is scheduled to start Aug. 19 and Phillipson said he has adult education experience at Buckeye Career Center and is a union member. operating engineers. Materna will be the new heavy equipment program, which will focus on operating vehicles ranging from forklifts to bulldozers used in manufacturing, general contracting, oil and gas, infrastructure and more. Officials said there is a growing need for workers and the JVS hopes to have students ready to fill these roles.

“We’re ready to go (with the lab)” Phillipson said, adding that 15 students will participate this fall.

Ron Smyth, member of the board of trustees, expressed his enthusiasm during the session and said that the new additions were beneficial for the students and the community.

On other personnel matters, the board approved a two-year limited term contract for Principal Assistant Supervisor Andy Long and a three-year contract for Technology Coordinator Ron Peach, both effective 1 August, while Brianne Schoolcraft has been appointed cosmetology instructor on a one-year limited contract effective August 19. She will succeed Sondra Mount, who is retiring at the end of the current school year. Leaders also approved the resignation of early childhood education aide Deanna Hines effective May 25 as well as the re-employment of terminated and classified staff.

– Heard an update from Phillipson on the recent open house while Supervisor-Principal Dan Hartman discussed the Senior Project Day held on Thursday and Long discussed plans for the recognition and awards night senior on May 16;

– Announcement of the Dr. David Robinson Scholarship and thanks from the family of the late Jefferson County Sheriff, Fred Abdalla.

— Certified Extracurricular Counselors for the 2022-23 school year, including Russell Achhammer and Ron Reasoner, SkillsUSA; Rebecca Kelley, FCCLA; Cody LaRue, BPA; Fred Jones and Emily Moore, FFA; Barbara Pieniazek, NTHS; Allison Boyd, student council; and Tammy Sismondo, HOSA;

— Recognized May 2 as Staff Appreciation Week with a staff appreciation day also scheduled;

– Approved payment to the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for Virtual Learning Academy expenses;

— Approved a services contract with the Ohio Auditor of State’s Local Government Services for the fiscal year ending June 30;

— Approved the JVS pursuing a summer employment opportunity agreement with the Community Action Board of Jefferson County so that the JVS can be considered as a workplace for the Summer Youth Program;

— Approved the draft 2022-23 school calendar;

— Approved proposals from ML Pendleton Painting to paint the heavy equipment lab and from Keep It Clean Power Washing and Painting to paint the walls and steel doors on the high lab side of two hallways;

– Approved Becky Kelley and Dee Hines to take four Columbus students to the FCCLA State Competition and Leadership Conference Wednesday through Friday; Ron Reasoner, Russ Achhammer and Shawna Myers will take 11 students to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the SkillsUSA State Championship May 2-4; and Emily Moore for taking five students to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus for the Ohio FFA competition;

– Announced the induction into the National Technical Honor Society on Thursday;

— The announced ball will take place on May 6; and

— Next board meeting scheduled for May 17 at 5 p.m.



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