The Austintown Board of Education met Monday, March 19 for its regular meeting at which the loss of two members of the Austintown Local Schools family was acknowledged with a moment of silence.
Acting as secretary at Austintown Middle School from 1968 through 1988, Past President of Lloyd Elementary School PTA, and as Founder of the Austintown PTA Council, Helen Wilcox served 20 years within the district.
Charyl Grbinick served 18 years with Austintown Local Schools, most recently in the Frank Ohl Intermediate School Library. Sharing that she will be truly missed my staff and students alike, school Principal Dennis Rice said Grbinick used her artistic talents to make the library a pleasant place to visit.
Ten-year-old Katie Rein memorialized a former member of the Austintown Local Schools family performing 'Someone Like You,' at the regular meeting of the Austintown Board of Education.
Grbinick was memorialized by 10-year-old Katie Rein, a Frank Ohl student who sang while performing "Someone Like You" on the piano.
Present during Katie's performance was her mother, Linda Rein, who said Katie has been playing piano and composing since she was three years old.
- Board members also recognized April Lewis, who was named Outstanding Language Arts Educator Award.
Noted was the upcoming visit by WFMJ's Lauren Lindvig, who will tour the high school ceramic department, where students have been busy preparing for the upcoming Souper Supper event.
The fourth annual Souper Supper will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 in the Austintown Fitch cafeteria. Tickets are $7 for the event, and pre-sale tickets guarantee a hand-made ceramic bowl, complete with soup, roll beverage and dessert. Cost of the meal only, without the keepsake bowl is $5, as is the cost of the bowl exclusive of the meal. Wilson shared that the evening will include dinner music and a potter demo. Proceeds from this year's white and blue themed limited edition bowls and event will benefit Falcon families in need. Interested parties are asked to call school secretaries for additional info, or Austintown Fitch ext. 1076 for more information.
Public comments included:
- Jim Davis, Township trustee chairman, who congratulated the board on their decision to demolish the former Austintown Middle School building, adding that the move goes along well with the recent news received to bring a racetrack to Austintown.
-Sue Ann Taylor from Kids Hope USA, who spoke regarding the national program based in Michigan that assists education. Sharing that her own church, Redeemer Lutheran, wanted to do something to help our youth, Taylor said they chose to get involved with Kids Hope USA, and were assigned to mentor at Woodside Elementary.
"We don't throw money at programs," said Taylor, adding, "We throw people." Taylor went on to explain that the mentors listen to students, play games with them, help with their homework, "We're there to listento be a friend," said Taylor.
Imploring those in attendance to approach their own parish's regarding becoming a part of the program, Taylor stressed that the only cost is that of time. She concluded saying that Kids Hope approaches that "elephant in the room," one student at a time, one hour at a time.
The board went on to approved the Treasurer's and Superintendents Reports, and the intent to again partner with the Austintown Police Department's DARE Program to sponsor a community Safety Town project for kindergarten students at each of the elementary buildings for one week during the summer of 2012 with a date to be determined.
Also approved was the recommendation to accept the proposal by Olsavsky Jaminet Architects for the management of the demolition of the former AMS building, 5800 Mahoning Ave., at a cost of $22,500.