The Boardman Board of Education held its organizational meeting for the new year on Jan. 8 in the superintendent's office at Center Middle School.
Treasurer Richard Santilli administered the oath of office to board members Nik Amstutz and Fred Davis, whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2015, and Mark Fulks, John Landers and Kim Poma, whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2013.
During the selection of officers for 2012, Landers nominated Davis to serve as board president. The motion carried, and he was unanimously elected for the office. For vice president, Fulks nominated Landers, whose election was also unanimous.
Landers accepted an appointment from Davis, as the new board president, to serve as legislative liaison. The motion passed unanimously.
After a brief discussion, the board selected the fourth Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. for their regular meetings this year. As with last year, they will be held at Center Middle School on Market Street.
During the discussion period, Poma requested athletic updates to the board from coaches as to the teams' progress, compliance with the athletic handbooks and the like. She described lack of such information as "what people complain about the most." The board agreed to further the idea of updates from Athletic Director Dave Smercansky on a semi-regular basis.
When asked about his outlook of the coming year, Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said he imagines continued controversy on the legislative agenda in Columbus, particularly House Bill 136.
Introduced last year, H.B. 136 would broaden the scope Ohio's existing voucher program for private or charter schools, extending availability to families with household incomes up to $95,000 and eliminating the school performance stipulation, which previously only made vouchers available to families with children in low-rated public schools.
Lazzeri said that the state funding the district would lose for every child that leaves the school system would be crippling for those students that remain in Boardman Schools. He is also philosophically opposed to the proposed bill.
"I don't agree with giving public money to private schools," Lazzeri said.