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Mastroianni to remain at EHOVE

By Caitlin Nearhood • Jun 30, 2019 at 10:00 PM

AVERY — Sharon Mastroianni will remain at EHOVE Career Center — the vocational school she has led as superintendent for the past 13 years.

At a recent public meeting, EHOVE board members hired the outgoing superintendent to be the assistant director of community and business outreach.

She begins her one-year contract Aug. 1 and will make about $90,100, treasurer Tim Coffman said. Within the last four years as superintendent, Mastroianni made about $107,000 annually.

She replaces Ben Chaffee, who became superintendent at South Central Schools.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to focus on one of the primary services provided by the career center, the implementation of transitional programming that connects trained high school and adult career technical students to the local workforce,” Mastroianni said.

Mastroianni, a Monroeville resident and graduate, has served 34 years with the district. Hired as a special education supervisor in 1985, she held a variety of administrative positions in the high school and adult education programs until she was selected as the EHOVE superintendent in 2006. EHOVE has had only four superintendents in its 50 years of existence.

Last September, Mastroianni announced she would be stepping down.

In February, EHOVE officials chose Chris McCully, of Polaris Career Center near Cleveland, to be the school’s next leader. He received a two-year contract, which begins Aug. 1 and will make $129,000 annually.

At his new job, McCully will be tasked with overseeing EHOVE’s $13 million facilities project to renovate and expand culinary arts, public safety, education and media center areas in the school. Since 2006, enrollment at EHOVE has grown 35 percent in the high school and 122 percent in adult education.

At the same meeting, board members also approved an additional 10 extended work days for McCully to be paid per day worked between June 12 and July 31.


Project on schedule

Meanwhile, EHOVE Career Center’s $13 million facilities project continues to take shape.

In recent weeks, multiple phases of the vocational school’s renovation and construction plans have started. Work began on the site last month. If construction stays on schedule, the entire project could finish by summer 2020.

The project will cover about 37,000 square feet of new construction and 16,400 square feet of renovation work. The project will abide by Energy Star standards to use LED lighting, energy-efficient equipment and combining HVAC systems in existing spaces with new areas to minimize additional utility expenses.

Project architect, The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo, and construction manager, Adena Corporation. of Mansfield, are overseeing design and construction respectively. EHOVE’s facilities funds will cover the project’s costs, assistant director Dave Jenkins said.

The high school building, Building A, will have an updated cafeteria with a new media center ready by Aug. 1, before students return on Aug 21. The existing media center will become part of the cafeteria, Jenkins said.

Structure framing for an addition to Building B, which has housed the early childhood and health and human services programs, is up and framing for interior walls, and will start Monday, Jenkins said. Officials hope this phase is completed later this year, in November or December.

The last addition to be constructed, west of Building A, will accommodate EHOVE’s culinary and public safety programs. In their new space, culinary students will be able to learn in a new kitchen and more.

“Our goal is to do all these renovations and not impact students as much as possible,” Jenkins said.

The project remains under budget, and construction has been on schedule, despite recent bad weather.

EHOVE Career Center serves hundreds of students from almost 20 area schools and adult residents across the region.

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