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Jackson Local Schools Board of Education files claim against oxycontin maker

Patricia Faulhaber
Suburbanite correspondent

JACKSON TWP. During the regular meeting on Aug. 25, the Jackson Local Board of Education approved filing a claim against the Purdue Pharma.

Purdue Pharma is a maker of OxyContin, which has widely contributed to the opioid crisis.

The company has recently for filed bankruptcy. Superintendent Christopher DiLoreto said that the claim is related to the excessive expenses incurred by the district because of the opioid epidemic.

“This is to help up the district with the excessive costs for us to support students and families through the opioid crisis,” DiLoreto said.

Other actions:

• Set the October board meeting as a time to publicly discuss the re-employment of Ed Brown, a district bus driver who is currently a substitute. He has retired but would like to return to work as a bus driver. DiLoreto said the October meeting would be to discuss the re-employment and then the board would vote during the November meeting.

• Approved Jackson Local School District’s Remote Learning Plan for 2020-21.

• Authorized refunding the varsity football season tickets. DiLoreto said according to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s recent order, the stadium can only be filled to 1,500 people or 15 percent capacity. With the players, bands and cheerleaders from both teams, that only leaves room for parents to possibly attend the games. Those people who have already purchased tickets to games will be refunded the ticket price.

• Approved creating a separate account for the Federal COCID relief fund monies. To date, the district has received $290,571 to help with expenses related to the virus.

• Authorized a new rate of pay for those part-time employees who are helping with the extra cleaning of the buildings and extra supervision of students of $13.14 per hour. DiLoreto said it is a temporary pay rate and is paid only for the time spent on the extra work. The extra pay can be covered by the Federal COVID relief monies.

• Approved several employment resolutions for high school supplementals, athletic supplementals, new teachers, core substitute teachers, substitute nurse and classified employees.

• Went into executive session to discuss details relative to the security arrangements and emergency response protocols for the board, no action taken.

UP NEXT: Meets 5 p.m. Sept. 22 in the library at Jackson High School