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City school board approves auction

Monroe Street building contents featured on web

WARREN — The Warren Board of Education has approved the online auction of obsolete and unneeded equipment and items used at the Monroe Street school building, which was once the site of the district’s board and administration offices.

Superintendent Steve Chiaro said at Tuesday’s board of education meeting held on Zoom that the auction this summer with Basinger Auction Services Ltd. of North Lima will be for items such as overhead projectors, kitchen equipment and office items.

“These items are no longer needed by the district. Much of it is outdated and obsolete from what the school district uses now,” Chiaro said.

John Lacy, the district’s executive director of business operations, said the auction will include equipment left from the property at 261 Monroe St. and items in the warehouse, 745 Pine Ave.

Auction proceeds will be placed in the district’s general fund.

Lacy said a survey was completed of the Monroe Street property to split it into two parcels. The survey will be sent to the city’s zoning office for zoning and planning commission approval.

“After that the board will be able to make a determination of what you want to do with that property,” he said.

Chiaro said the building has been used as an alternative school for students who need assistance earning course credits.

In other action, the board entered into an agreement with the Ohio Schools Council to purchase two new 72-passenger buses at $173,780 through Myers Equipment.

Chiaro said purchases have slowed down but the two buses are needed since five buses in the fleet of 28 are close to being retired.

“We are at a point where we are slowing down our purchasing. We will need to look at keeping up with replacing some buses every year until we reach the point of replacing one bus per year,” Chiaro said.

In other action, the board:

• Accepted the retirements of Bradley Bevan, transportation department, effective May 31; Theresa Percich, food services at Harding High School, effective June 30; and Lillian Ross, Title 1 educational aide, effective June 30;

• Adjusted the supplemental contracts of various spring sports coaches to receive between 12.5 to 33 percent of their pay based on amount of time worked prior to coronavirus outbreak closing schools. Chiaro said the employees were informed there would be a reduction in their pay;

• Approved Donald Cheffo as a school counselor for the 2020-21 school year and Carol Johnson as EMIS / data file specialist to fill a retirement opening,

• Were informed that in April the district prepared and handed out more than 100,000 breakfasts, lunches and weekend meals for local school children to have while at home;

• Entered into an agreement with Literacy Resources Inc. of Oak Park, Ill., at $2,500 for phonemic awareness train the trainer webinar for professional development for staff May 27 to 29;

• Approved elimination of administrator, teacher and counselor evaluations due to schools being closed.

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