Adriel campus closing reduces West Liberty-Salem student enrollment


WEST LIBERTY – The recent closing of Adriel means a lower student enrollment at West Liberty-Salem Local Schools.

The district serves as the home school district for Adriel students and residents, West Liberty-Salem Superintendent Kraig Hissong said.

Adriel closed its West Liberty residential facility Feb. 17 following allegations of staff abusing drugs with youths and showing pornography, among other alleged abuses. Adriel President and CEO Todd Hanes said previously the focus would be to relocate Adriel youths to their home counties.

Hissong told the school board at its Tuesday meeting the district lost an estimated 35 students. Losing enrollment can impact how much money school districts receive from the state. Hissong said some of the lost funding could be made up by not having the associated expenses of educating those Adriel students.

Hissong said he did not have a financial estimate on the impact of the lost students; state funding for Adriel students runs about a year behind.

During the meeting, the board:

•Approved hiring Assistant Middle School Track Coach Cindy Eickhoff at Step 0 for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved hiring JV Softball Coach Paul Kite at Step 0 for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved the Boys Varsity Baseball team trip to Tennessee March 24-25 to compete in two baseball games. The team will use chartered bus transportation, paid 50 percent from donations and team fundraising and 50 percent from the athletic fund account.

•Approved the staff augmentation agreement to add an additional one day per week onsite Technology Support Personnel to assist with district technology needs. This would be at the adjusted monthly rate of $1,260 per month beginning Feb. 21, 2017, and ending June 30, 2017.

•Accepted donations of $50 from Julie McIntosh and $100 from Jim and Jill Hoffman for Wrestling; $100 from Jill Hoffman, $200 from Civista Bank, $100 from Eichholtz Daring and Sanford Funeral Home, and $176 from an anonymous donor for Baseball; $500 from an anonymous donor for the middle school Washington, D.C. trip; and $2,000 from Memorial Hospital, $2,000 from an anonymous donor and $862 from Navistar for the Rotary WL-S project.

By Casey S. Elliott

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Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

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