Assistant principal named at Edison

A new assistant principal will be on duty at Edison High School when school resumes in August.

The Edison Local Board of Education selected Joshua Leasure for the job at the June 29 session following the resignation of Caleb Crowl, who held the position for the past two years and is moving on to a similar post in Carrollton.

Leasure has served as an intervention specialist and social studies teacher at Buckeye Local High School for the past two years. He graduated from Mount Union College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in political science, plus he obtained a master’s degree in educational administration in 2011 from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

He is currently continuing his education at Muskingum University as he works towards additional special education credentials. In addition to his current post, he served as a social studies teacher at Belmont-Harrison Career Center for four years and also was on the Buckeye Local School District’s Aspiring Administrator team, where he acted as substitute principal in the district.

He was also involved in the Building Leadership Team, District Leadership Team and other areas. Furthermore, he spent two years as lead instructor in the Aspire program, the state GED program for adult learners in Ohio, at Eastern Gateway Community College.

He resides in Steubenville with his wife, Courtney, and they are expecting their first child in July. He said he was eager to begin his new duties and serve the students at Edison.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Principal Matt Morrison, staff, students and community of Edison High School to continue the work already taking place. I am absolutely honored and humbled to be moving into this role,” he added.

Supt. Bill Beattie commended Crowl for his service and welcomed Leasure aboard.

“Caleb Crowl has been an asset to the district for the two years he served as assistant principal and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” he said. “We are excited to have Josh in the Edison Local School District. He is eager and enthusiastic to begin his new duties Aug. 1,” Beattie added.

The board also approved a three-year contract for Rachael Granatir as district technology coordinator, effective Aug. 1, 2017, through July 31, 2020, at an annual salary of $55,896. Beattie praised Granatir for the work she’s done thus far.

“Rachael Granatir was a great addition to our district. Today, technology is an important part of education for our students on a daily basis. She has done a fantastic job and we look forward to continuing to bring new ideas to the district” the superintendent said.


In other action, the board:

– EMPLOYED Maggie Shaffer, Dianna Snyder and Kathy Gill as parapro library aides, Lori Haught as cook and Mark Smyth as a new teacher;

-APPROVED supplemental contracts for Wendy Howell, Destination Imagination coordinator; Bill Koehnlein, Social Studies Department head; Jessica McCallister, summer Ohio Graduation Test; Josh Weltner, junior high football; Kolton Stewart, band volunteer; Shane Heatherington, band/choir/musical volunteer; Justin Greenley-Baynes, junior high football; Jeff Stone, head girls’ basketball; James McMillion, volunteer volleyball; Steven Fletcher and Shane O’Brien, assistant football; and Michelle Durbin, fall cheerleading;

– ACCEPTED a resignation from Edison High School girls’ head soccer coach Jeremy Angelo and later named Jordan Byrley as his replacement;

– APPROVED a maternity leave for teacher Melissa Trimmer;

– APPROVED agreements with Kelly Crosby and Amy Purcell for physical therapy services;

– APPROVED a contract with Toronto City Schools for speech services one day per week;

– APPROVED an increase in lunch prices effective with the 2017-18 school year at the high school only from $2.75 to $2.85 to meet state requirements;

– APPROVED an overnight trip for the high school FFA to attend FFA Camp Aug. 10-14 at the Ohio FFA Camp on Leesville Lake, south of Carrollton;

– APPROVED a contract with Jefferson County Educational Service District for special education services for the 2017-18 school year and a cooperative agreement with the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities;

– APPROVED a transition agreement with HARCATUS Head Start;

– APPROVED a resolution to authorize a contract with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for the alternative school;

– SET the next meeting July 20 at 7 p.m. at Edison High School.


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