The Austintown Board of Education accepted more than $3.5 million in grant funds for the 2011-12 school year at Monday’s board meeting. Each grant had its own purpose, according to Superintendent Vince Colaluca.
“A lot are tied to Title I services,” he said. “There is not much else we can do with those funds.”
One grant, totalling $1,062,474.26 was marked for education jobs. Colaluca said the grant is part of the stimulus package passed last year by the federal government that was meant to preserve teaching jobs across the nation.
“The bill was passed a year ago to save existing teacher jobs,” he said. “We already had our budget set last year and didn’t need it. This year we are using the money to pay for staff in lieu of general fund money.”
He said that grant money is often involved in new hires and rarely allow districts to cover the wages of existing staff. This particular grant does cover existing teachers in an effort to preserve existing jobs. The grant is only for this school year, however, and won’t be available next year.
“We are behind the eight ball because we won’t have this million dollars next year,” Colaluca said. “Somewhere in the near future we will have to go to the taxpayers.”
He said the needs to cover staff wages will likely be an issue in coming years, but said it has nothing to do with the new schools and construction. That money is already in place.
The last new operating levy the district had was the one passed in 1996. Since that time, Colaluca said the district has watched its finances and has been very frugal.
Besides the education jobs grants, the board accepted the following grants on Monday: Title 1, $717,868.93; Title 11A, $162,384.89; IDEA-B, $1,013,286.27; Alternative schools, $38,783; VAWA Sexual Assault, $60,000; Safe and Drug Free Schools Dissemination Grant, $10,000; Ohio Children’s Trust, $6,595; HRSA School Based Health Center Equipment, $500,000; and the following private foundation grants: Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Shelly Culp, $2,912; Wean Foundation, Joe Carcelli, $2,000; and donations as follows: $4500 from Alex and Brian Benyo, Brilex Industries to be used in the Industrial Technology department at Austintown Middle School; 240 thesauruses and 168 dictionaries from Telephone Pioneers member Janet Sternagle to be distributed to third and fourth grade students at Frank Ohl in memory of her sister Janice Gent, former Board of Education employee and media center paraprofessional.
In other business:
• The board approved the following resignations: Erin Whistler, teacher; Kasi Hockensmith, ESL tutor; April King, Interact co-advisor; Regina Sylvester and Alexandra Davis, AMS Ski Club advisors; Dorothy DelBoccio, FHS Ski Club advisor; Patricia Gordon, sweeper cleaner; Roslyn Terek, online teacher; and Rita Pupio, food service at Fitch (Job 2).
• The following appointments and transfers were approved by the board: Debra Infante, appointment to nine-month paraprofessional at AMS Media Center due
to the transfer of Maryann Lemke; Sheeleen Selby, appointment to two-hour nine-month paraprofessional at Lynn Kirk due to the transfer of Heidi Chepke; Laura Blakeman, appointment to one hour nine-month food service worker at Woodside due to the
transfer of Denise Blankenship; Rita Pupio, appointment to Job (2) two hour nine-month Food Service worker at Fitch, due to the transfer of Karen Tarr; Dana Kosco, appointment to Job (2) two hour, nine-month paraprofessional in transportation due to
restructuring of staff; Patricia Ortenzio, appointment to Job (2) 3.5 hour temp paraprofessional at Watson due to new student software system and restructuring of staff; Tom Rusback, appointment to Job (3) 3.75 hour sweeper cleaner at AMS due to the restructuring of staff; Frank Sabatino appointment to four-hour bus driver at District Transportation Office due to an employee termination; Michael Golec-appointment to four hour bus driver at District Transportation Office due to retirement of Deborah Mackey; Jody Lewis, appointment to 3.75 hour sweeper cleaner at Fitch due to the transfer of Mike Giba; Steve Burnich, appointment to 3.75 hour sweeper cleaner at Fitch due to the resignation of Pat Gordon; Victoria Baker, transfer from eight-hour food service manager at Watson to eight-hour food service manager at Woodside due to the retirement of Norma McBride; Vicki Lucente, transfer from one hour food service worker at Watson to 2.5 hour food service worker at Frank Ohl due to the transfer of Denise Blankenship; Rebekah Petkosek, transfer from one hour food service worker at AMS to two hour food service worker at AMS due to the transfer of Lori Brendlinger; Leslie Tharp, transfer from seven hour food service worker at Frank Ohl to eight hour food service manager at Watson due to the transfer of Victoria Baker; Tammy Wilt transfer from one hour food service worker at Lynn Kirk to two hour food service worker at Lynn Kirk due to the transfer of Phyllis Smail; Sue Hovanec, transfer Job (2) two hour paraprofessional at the District to 3.75 hour paraprofessional at Watson due to the transfer of Sharon Driscoll; Mike Giba, transfer from 3.75 hour sweeper-cleaner at Fitch to a 3.5 hour sweeper-cleaner at Frank Ohl due to the resignation of Harry Shood; Maryann Lemke, transfer from 3.5 hour Paraprofessional at AMS to 3.75 hour paraprofessional at Woodside due to the resignation of Susan Vinkler; Lori Brendlinger, transfer from two hour food service worker at AMS to two hour food service worker at AMS due to the transfer of Bobbi Jo Smith; Denise Blankenship, transfer from one hour food service worker at Woodside to 3.75 hour sweeper cleaner at AMS due to the restructuring of staff; Phyllis Smail, transfer from two hour food service worker at Lynn Kirk to 2.5 hour food service worker at AMS due to the resignation of Lisa McKula; Diana Currao, transfer from three hour food service worker at Woodside to 3.75 hour paraprofessional at Watson, due to the transfer of Sue DeToro; Laura Haupt, transfer from three hour paraprofessional at Lloyd to three hour paraprofessional at the district due to the transfer of Sue Hovanec; Rita Pupio, transfer from 3.75 hour sweeper cleaner at AMS (Job 1) to eight hour 12-month and rotating shift groundskeeper due to the transfer of Scott Packer.
Effective Sept. 2: Natalie Winkle transfer from Job (1) 3.75 hour paraprofessional at Fitch to eight hour 12 month secretary in District Food Service Office due to the transfer of Tascin Brooks and subject to 20 probationary period due to classification change; Vicki Gleydura, transfer from Job (1) two hour paraprofessional in transportation to eight hour 10-month secretary in district special education office; Ray Gordon-transfer from 8 hr. 12 month Head Custodian at Watson to 8 hr. Custodian at Frank Ohl, replacing George Bistarkey; Shelly Futkos, transfer from 2.5 hour food service worker at Frank Ohl to three hour food service worker at Woodside due to the transfer of Diana Currao; Mary Ann Barron, transfer from 3.75 hour food service worker at Frank Ohl to seven hour food service worker at Frank Ohl due to the transfer of Leslie Tharp; Phyllis Kovach, transfer from Job (2) 2.5 hour paraprofessional at Woodside to two hour paraprofessional at Fitch due to the creation of a new position; Lori Riley, transfer from 2 hour paraprofessional at Lloyd to three hour paraprofessional at Lloyd due to the transfer of Laura Haupt; and Deborah Amendolea, part-time school nurse at Lloyd replacing Tresia Heacock in a non-bargaining unit position.
• Supplemental contracts were approved for Danielle Mackall, AMS Ski Club advisor; Dorothy DelBoccio, AMS 8th girls basketball; Steven Ward, AMS 8th girls basketball; Anthony Parker, AMS 8th boys basketball; Joseph Paris, AMS 8th boys basketball; Jeffrey Wilson, AMS 7th boys basketball; Dan Corbett, AMS 7th boys basketball; John Hudson, Fitch 9th boys basketball; Dan Schnurrenberger, Fitch assistant boys basketball; Jaclyn Elias, FHS co-assistant speech coach; and Jerry Bruff, FHS assistant boys basketball. Supplemental positions offered to school employees and no employee made application include: Abigail Cook, 7th grade girls basketball; John Williams, 7th grade girls basketball; John Mazzucco, FHS co-assistant speech coach; Gary Reel, Interact co-advisor; James Jerek, FHS assistant girls basketball; and a correction: Trudi Vetterly, assistant vocal music.
• The board approved the use of the Dr. Chris Raymond and Dr. J.J. Stefancin as athletic volunteer medical personnel during the 2011-12 school year.
• Approval was given forthe following Safe and Drug Free Schools volunteers during the 2011-12 school year: Kristen Havaich, Joy Noble, Stacy Banko, Melissa Crump, Jenn Lemke, Nicole Wilson-Kocher, Gail Cherney, Angela Kopp, Ann Marie Snitzer, Jill Groat, Kristine Mazzella, Ann Marie Martin, Karen Busch, and Kristin O’Neill.
• Mentor/Teacher teams approved for 2011-12 included the following: Ashley Wallace, Michelle Best, Tamara Deeley, Sandy Thorndike, Nicki Kramer, Kim Freisen, Carlo Trafficante, Diane Devine, Gerry Coates, Heather Wukelich, Cathy Gartska, Lisa Costello, Jennifer Leugers, and Patricia Manning.
• Ashley Wallace was approved as Summer Fun Camp personnel.
• Sarah Lape was approved as tutor for the District English as Second Language. Special education tutors approved included: Kenneth Mills-Fitch; Michael Naples-Fitch, Debbie Betts-Lloyd/Watson; and Patricia Hartsough-Fitch. Adequate Yearly Progress tutors included: at Fitch-Ricki Williams and Kimberly Smaldino; at Frank Ohl-Linda Watson, Elizabeth Zagorski, Angela Walls, and Jessica Novotny-Glatz; at Watson-Linda Hunter; and at Woodside-Angela Kukla. Intervention tutor (RTI) were approved for: Rae Jean Mollica-Watson; Leann Burns-Woodside; at at Lynn Kirk-Jackie Burgan, Karen Parsons and Patricia Griffin. Gifted assessment tutor approved for the district was Mary Dota. Home instruction tutors approved were Kari Knight and Kate Fitzgerald.
* The board approved the recommendation to employ Peggy Bennett, Kristen O’Neill, and Angela Kopp as the I Can Facilitators as part of the Safe and Drug Free School program for the 2011-12 school year.
• Approval was given to employ Renee Griswold as a long term substitute for Joan Ford, grade three at Watson.
• Approval was given to employ John Porterfield, Tiffany DeAugustine, Brittany Baker, and Michael Naples as teaching personnel for Falcon Pride Online, and Tiffany DeAugustine, Brittany Baker, and Michael Naples. Lauren Mechling was approved as guidance counselor.
• Crossing guard Kathy Senvisky was approved for extra responsibilities for the purpose of recruitment and coordination of call-off procedures for district crossing guards on an as-needed basis.
• Approval was given to permit the following overnight field trips for the Fitch speech team to the Sylvania Speech Tournament in Sylvania, Ohio on Jan. 13-14; and the OHSSL State Tournament in Canton, on March 1-3.
• The board approved the hiring of the following teachers for the 2011-12 school year: Amanda Nims, Elementary Technology Teacher at Lynn Kirk; Dana Elias, grade three teacher at Watson; Sarah Whitten, grade three teacher at Watson; and Amanda Shrader, intervention specialist Fitch.
• The board approved the recommendation for the 2011-12 Junior/Senior Prom to be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. Monies to pay for this event are raised through fundraisers and ticket sales at no cost to the district.