By AMY GAREIS       News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – The Harrison Hills City School Board approved a series of comings and goings during a recent meeting. The nearly half-hour meeting culminated in approvals of assignments and retirements, as well as other district business. Superintendent Dr. George Ash had some good news about staffing this year. “It’s a really good time for teachers,” he said. “We have no teachers on the RIF list and no certified staff off the job.”

Leaders further approved the retirements of Sue Scarfpin effective July 1 and Ruth Weaver effective Sept. 6. Tenley Telfer was assigned as first-grade co-teacher to ease the transition once Weaver leaves, and Dr. Ash thanked the teacher’s union for assisting with arrangements. “[Weaver’s] been a teacher for so many years,” he said. “The union did an MOU so her retirement does not affect students.”

The board also:

-Named Holly Brindley as assistant fall director, non-musical; Donna Carpenter seventh grade volleyball coach; Nick Yourkovich as sophomore class advisor; and Pam Gibson and Pam Cogan as senior class advisors for the 2011-12 school year;

-Approved substitute employees for the coming school year;

-Approved the involuntary transfer of Lisa Zitko to speech therapist at Harrison East Elementary;

-Approved the recall of LeAnn VanCamp as an elementary teacher at Harrison East;

-Approved Kendra Wickham as an Intervention Specialist (MH) teacher at Harrison East;

-Employed Lisa Trushel, Pauline Gratchen, Ashley Phillipson, Tonya Novak, Cortney Sproul and Tiffany Stock from July 1 to June 30, 2012;

-Appointed Melvin Allen to serve as official delegate and President Deborah Kenny as alternate (with power to vote) to the Ohio School Board Association’s annual meeting in conjunction with the OSBA Capital Conference this November in Columbus. Dr. Ash said Harrison Hills and Buckeye Local reps will talk at the conference about the joint director of operations post they formed this past year to save both districts money;

-Approved agreements with the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Harrison County Family and Children First Council and Help Me Grow;

-Approved Brad Bryant and John Rocchi as volunteer junior high football coaches;

-OK’d medical leave for Jeanette Allred for the school year;

-Approved a resolution adopting a Calamity Day alternative make-up plan.

-Heard from Treasurer Roxane Harding, who said the books closed on the last fiscal year with no negative funding balances;

-Heard that school officials promoted the district on 106.3 The River during a program in the county. Dr. Ash said the Opportunity School and gifted program were among the topics discussed.