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Positive but brief board of education meeting

October 13, 2011
By Kathleen Palumbo
The Austintown Local Schools Board of Education gathered Monday, Oct. 10, for a brief meeting where board member Dave Schnurrenberger offered thanks to all involved for the overwhelming success of the fourth annual Hall of Fame Dinner.

Superintendent Vincent Colaluca later added his own note of thanks, saying of the event, “It’s a great tradition you’ve started in our schools.”

Schnurrenberger also noted the success of Frank Ohl Intermediate School language arts teacher Shelly Culp, who applied for and received a grant in the amount of $2,912 from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. The grant allowed her to purchase 200 books to add to her room’s library.

Board member Tom Stellers spoke briefly, encouraging the defeat of House Bill 136, which would allow public school students to attend private schools at the expense of their home district.

Stellers stated that as the tough economy has made providing resources more and more difficult.

“We’ve been diligent in seeking ways to share resources,” he said, adding that the community has been phenomenal.

Board President Kathy Mock noted that with October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the soccer team is doing its part and encouraged all to attend the Tuesday game against Poland, where all proceeds from a 50/50 raffle and other fundraisers will benefit the cause.

“Today our job of educating children doesn’t end in the classroom,” said Mock, sharing that the health of the students is, in part, a school responsibility as well.

“Our students will be eating more fruits and vegetables provided by Ohio farmers,” said Mock regarding just one of the numerous positive changes being made by food services Director Tascin Brooks.

In other business:

• Woodside Elementary School will host its Fall Festival from 6 to 8p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 on the school grounds.

• Halloween parties and parades for all Austintown Elementary schools will be held on Friday, Oct. 28.

• The Austintown Board of Education will meet again at Austintown Middle School at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.



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