ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Two Buckeye Local Schools buildings will have their designations modified as a result of a 3-2 vote by the Board of Education Tuesday.
Edgewood Senior High School will become simply “Edgewood High School” while Braden Junior High will be Braden Middle School.
Superintendent Joseph Spiccia recommended the changes earlier this year in order to bring the schools’ designations more in line with the grade levels offered at each building.
Grades 6 through 8 are at Braden, which makes it more of a middle school than junior high. The “senior” in the high school’s moniker is a throwback to a time when only grades 10 to 12 were at the high school and ninth-graders attended Braden.
The designation change, listed as “grade level descriptions” on the agenda, was one of seven recommendations the board voted on as a package. Board members Gregory Kocjancic and Mary Wisnyai voted against the package of resolutions.
Kocjancic, along with an audience member, questioned the cost of re-designating the buildings. Spiccia said the costs will, for the most part, be those typical of doing business. For example, when either school runs out of letterhead with the former name on it, the replacement stationery will reflect the name change.
As for the signs, Spiccia said the Parent Teacher Organization at Braden has indicated an interest in taking on that project. The Edgewood sign is under consideration. Spiccia said the changes will be “evolutionary” and not all at once.
“We have not looked at (the sign) issues. It’s important to us to make the change so we are accurate in our reporting accurate in stating who we are.”
Board President Jacqueline Hillyer supported the move.
“The only change is to the designation, to reflect what we are doing (in that building),” she said.
In other action Tuesday evening, the board:
n Accepted the retirements of Mary Ann First, a bus driver who has served the district 24 years; Nancy Kellogg, Ridgeview cafeteria manager and a 25-year-employee; Berniece Niemi, head custodian for Kingsville and a 22-year employee; and Catherine Gehring, first-grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary and a 24-year veteran of the district.
n Approved a reduction in force for one certified health/physical education position. The reduction will affect a fifth-grade section at Ridgeview (1/3 time) and a health/physical education 2/3-time contract. Spiccia said high school students are taking advantage of “credit flexibility,” which allows students to substitute football, marching band or outside physical activities for their physical education credit.
n Appointed Tracy DeLuca, Maria DiBenedetto, Amber Magda, Kimberly McCoy, Sharon Nelson and Jessica Veon as intervention specialists. The six certified staff members were previously employed through the Educational Service Center, but their salaries were paid by Buckeye. The appointments made Tuesday night shifts the employees directly onto the district’s payroll and will provide the employees with a slightly lower insurance premium, Spiccia said.
n The board recognized the resignation of Karen Compton, family and consumer sciences teacher at Edgewood and Braden, following the end of the school year, and Pamela Perry, school nurse at Ridgeview, effective April 5.
Spiccia told a member of the audience that, among other issues, the board will take the fate of the former North Kingsville Elementary School building under consideration during the May meeting..