Students asked to design West Jeff street banners


West Jefferson village council is extending its hand to the Jefferson Local School District in promoting downtown development with student input and creative design.

At the school board’s Aug. 13 meeting, Council President Darlene Steele explained that council representatives are asking students to create banners that will hang on downtown light poles. Steele said council also is promoting the idea of encouraging the whole village to participate in high school homecoming activities.

“We’d also like to have a school board member on our downtown committee and even a student or two,” Steele said. “We’d like to keep the youth in mind on this, too. I want the kids to always know we’re proud of them.”

High School Principal Dave Metz said students love to participate in activities like the ones Steele outlined. He said he would notify the art teacher of council’s invitation to design the banners.

In other board action, over a dozen one-year extracurricular contracts were approved for the 2007-2008 school year including: Tom Cochran, high school head wrestling coach; Mike Branham, assistant high school wrestling coach and volunteer assistant soccer coach; Ray Miller, high school head boys’ basketball coach; Chad Miller, assistant coach; Roger Jester, volunteer coach; Ray Roberts, freshman boys’ basketball coach; Tim Converse, high school head girls’ basketball coach; Jeff Mere, assistant coach; Krista Lee, high school winter cheerleading advisor; Adri-enne Comer, volunteer advisor; and Amber Branham, freshman winter cheerleading advisor.

Board members approved a nursing contract with the Madison County-London City Health Department for the upcoming school year for 21 hours per week. The total contract cost is billed at $12.50 per student enrolled in the Jefferson Local School District. A supplemental nursing contract for an additional 11 hours per week billed at $25.38 per hour also was approved.

The board gave the green light to Gail Collins and Lisa Shambaugh to develop a Career Education Plan to better integrate career education into the curriculum. Collins is developing a plan at the elementary level and Shambaugh is concentrating on a plan for the high school/middle school.

Stipends for 10 math teachers were approved to attend the Short-Cycle Math Assessment Workshop. Honda paid the cost for the workshops.

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