Middle school principal in E. Palestine to resign



Middle school principalin E. Palestine to resign
EAST PALESTINE -- The board of education is expected to accept the resignation today of Craig Sommers as middle school principal and appoint Joann Knight, the district's curriculum director, as interim principal.
The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss the personnel moves.
Superintendent Jeff Richardson said Sommers has accepted a position as special services director at Poland schools.
Sommers has been in the East Palestine district for 14 years, the past three as middle school principal. He has also been a middle school English teacher and an assistant basketball coach in East Palestine Schools.
Richardson said he has been aware of Sommers' intention to move for several weeks, so the transition should be a smooth one.
The first day of East Palestine's 2004-05 school year is Sept. 7.
Columbiana 911 fees
LISBON -- Columbiana County should get enough in fees to make the amount it originally estimated to fund 911 services.
Commissioner Gary Williams said Wednesday the county will get an additional $2,000 in fees from Comcast. That should be the first of other collections that should put the county where it expected to be, he said.
Voters have agreed to charge themselves a 50-cent monthly fee to pay for the service. But collections were lower than the estimate of $270,000 needed to run the program. Williams had wondered if the drop in revenue was due to increased use of cell phones.
But SBC provided him with a list of companies, including Comcast, that use SBC lines. Comcast has about 4,000 customers in the county.
Williams said he is contacting those companies to alert them of the fee they must charge customers.
Address signs for sale
NEW SPRINGFIELD -- House address signs are being sold as a fund-raising project by the Explorer's post associated with the Springfield Township Fire Department.
The reflective signs cost $15 and are available to residents and nonresidents and will benefit Explorer projects. For more information, call Mary at the township offices, (330) 542-2377.
Salem schools resignation
SALEM -- The board of education accepted the resignation of Robert Mehno as assistant middle school principal Wednesday.
He will become the principal at the middle school in the Carrollton School District.
His departure brings the district to about $1 million in reductions in spending needed to bring the district into the black for the 2004-05 school year, said Superintendent Dr. David G. Brobeck.
Brobeck also said he is one of three finalists for the superintendent's job at the Oakwood City School District, which adjoins the city of Dayton.
The hiring date for that position is Jan. 1. Brobeck has announced his retirement from Salem at the end of the coming school year.
Fire department grant
MERCER, Pa. -- The Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $43,002 federal grant for fire operations and firefighter safety.
The money came from the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.
Burglary, assault charges
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Franklin T. Ellis Jr., 19, of Maple Drive remained in Mercer County jail on $10,000 bond, charged with assaulting another man with a hammer.
Police said Ellis is accused of kicking in the door to the apartment of Kenneth Fleet on South Front Street around 4 p.m. Tuesday and attacking Fleet with a hammer. Fleet was struck several times in the face and was treated at UPMC Horizon for his injuries.
Ellis was arraigned on charges of burglary and aggravated assault, police said.
Man faces drug charges
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Police acting on a tip disrupted an alleged drug sale in a parking lot in the 2300 block of Highland Road.
Police said James M. Fiore, 18, of Twelve Oaks Road was caught trying to sell suspected marijuana to a 16-year-old buyer around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Police charged Fiore with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, corruption of a minor and criminal use of a communication facility for using a cell phone to set up the deal. He was held overnight for arraignment.

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