Belpre school board to discuss personnel

BELPRE – In a run-up to the new school year, the Belpre City Schools District Board of Education will hold a special meeting this afternoon to discuss the employment of personnel and other business.

Superintendent Tony Dunn said the board will discuss and likely approve a person recommended to fill the position of sixth-grade math teacher and possibly do the same for the assistant principal position at Belpre High School.

The 3 p.m. meeting will be at the administrative building on Rockland Avenue.

“We have not had time to hold a second round of interviews for the assistant principal position, so that recommendation might not happen,” Dunn said.

Other business to be discussed and likely approved includes items that need to be finished before district treasurer Eva Elliott’s resignation becomes effective at the end of the month.

“There are things that need to be done before Eva leaves, which will happen soon, so we will be discussing those items and go from there,” Dunn said.

Elliott’s resignation was approved July 15 with those of sixth-grade math teacher Shane Freshour, literacy specialist Christy Boothby and high school assistant principal Ben Cunningham.

Dunn said he does not know who the board will recommend as Elliott’s replacement.

“There is a possibility the board will request the assistance of the OSBA (Ohio School Boards Association) in finding someone,” Dunn said.

The board last received aid from the statewide OSBA to hire someone in late 2010 into early 2011 after former superintendent Harry Fleming announced his retirement. Dunn was chosen by the members of the Belpre BOE from three finalists who were picked from an original 18 applicants the statewide organization had gone through for the local school board.

Elliott has been with the district since September 2000 and oversees all financial aspects of the district.