The Boardman Board of Education meeting was full of honors last week. School Treasurer Richard Santilli kicked it off by stating the district had received an award from the auditor of state for a clean and timely financial report.
"I am proud to say that our district has continued the legacy of outstanding audits,' Santilli told board members. "It takes a hard-working staff and a great effort to do this."
Honors also went out to students who took part in the Northeastern Regional Scholastic Art Awards in February. The Boardman winners, with their awards, include:
Katherine Durner who was a Gold Key winner and American Visions Award winner, she was one of the top 5 of the entire show of 450 works. She was also a Silver Key Portfolio winner.
Nicola Gabriele was a Silver Key Portfolio winner and a Silver Key winner; Megan Werth was a Silver Key Portfolio winner; and Nicholas Klein was a Silver Key winner.
Lindsay Olenych was selected as the first place winner for the 11th grade competition for the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. art, writing and multimedia contest sponsored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. There were more than 1,500 entries and only two winners from each grade level selected for this special recognition.
Also mentioned for their recent efforts were Stadium Drive fourth-graders Justin Marrie and Andrew Clark, who made it to the semi-final round in the Regional Math 24 competition held Feb. 2 at Warren Harding High School. Fourth-grader Andrew Theophanous placed third overall.
In other business:
* The board accepted resignations for the following staff on supplemental contracts: Carrie Davis, high school assistant track coach; John DePietro, high school assistant track coach; and John Phillips, high school assistant track coach.
* Leaves of absence were approved for Laura Pfahler, Boardman High School business teacher; Kristina Tokash, Glenwood Middle School sixth grade teacher; and Phyllis Gasior, high school cafeteria manager.
* The following transfers were approved: Anna Hammond from two-and-a-half hour cafeteria server at Center Middle School to district bus aide replacing Michelle Testa; and Kimberly Noday from a two-hour to a two-and-a-half hour cafeteria server at Boardman High School replacing Rochelle Fleet.
* The following contracts and appointments were approved: Debra Cavalier, one-year limited contract as a noontime monitor at West Boulevard Elementary School; Meriem DiNello, one-year limited contract as a two-hour cafeteria server at the high school; Karen Yocum, one year limited contract as a two-hour cafeteria server at Boardman High School; Jeffrey Hammerton, high school interim head girls basketball coach; Lee Christman, West Boulevard science coordinator; Kendal Farver, Center Middle School head girls track coach; Stacey Hunter, high school assistant girls track coach; John Phillips, high school head boys track coach; Robert Beam, high school head baseball coach: Dallas Blocker, high school open gym supervisor; Katelyn Deladurantey, Center Middle School dramatics director; Joseph Gabriel, high school assistant baseball coach; Marc Jakubovic, high school JV baseball coach; Daniel McKeown, high school open gym supervisor; Michael Trell, high school head softball coach; and volunteer coaches: Emil Bertolini, high school assistant baseball; Robert Mingo, high school assistant baseball; Brett Pitzulo, high school assistant baseball; and Thomas Tedesco, high school assistant baseball.
* The board approved the following substitutes: Kent Blanchard, bus driver; Justine Cullen, long-term math; Jodi Fernholz, aide; Ann Gingrich, cafeteria server; April Hill, fourth- through ninth-grade language arts, reading, and social studies; Alicia Martinko, long-term, fourth- through ninth-grade middle childhood, science, and social studies; Kristi Rider, physical education; and Brittany Snyder, kindergarten through third.
* The following donations were accepted: at Stadium Drive Elementary School$125 from Dr. James Chengelis to be used in Stadium Drive's science lab and $500 from Shawn and Denise Burford, Stadium Drive parents to be placed in the Pupil Support Fund and used at the discretion of the principal; at Boardman High School-$2,500 from John Greco, a 2003 graduate and NFL player to be used to purchase equipment for the football weight room.
* Approval was given for the 2012 Summer School Program including tuition information, session dates and course offerings. All intervention classes will remain tuition free.
* The board approved the ACCESS Agreement for Services for Fiscal Year 2013.
* The Board approved entering into a service agreement with CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services, Inc. to act as a consultant on benefit plan design options and program objectives. This is in preparation for a Request for Proposal submission to agreed upon vendors for medical, prescription drug, dental, vision and life insurance benefits. The cost of this agreement is $10,000 and will be paid from the Health Benefits Fund. The process will begin immediately and be completed by July 1, 2012. Beginning July 1, 2012 the cost will be $35,000 per year, also paid from the Health Benefit Fund.
* The following field trips were approved and noted for board members: the high school boys and girls indoor track teams to Columbus in March to participate in the Arnold Classic Track Meet; the high school girls outdoor track team to Worthington, Ohio, in April to participate in the Worthington Invitational; and the Boardman High School jazz ensembles to New York in May for performances at Swing 46 Jazz, Super Club and Trump Tower.
* The board heard a report on special education from Jack Zocolo.