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New coach introduced at board meeting

October 31, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Boardman High School's new boys basketball coach was introduced at last week's Board of Education meeting. He was officially accepted by the board.

"I first met Pat Birch in 2006," said BHS Principal Tim Saxton. "I thought we had a social studies opening that year, but it didn't come up."

He said in 2008, the position did come available and Birch's resume was still on top of the list. He was hired and in a short time began assisting with the basketball program.

"When he got hired, I knew someday he would come before this board and be announced as the head boys basketball coach," Saxton said.

Birch got to address the board and he said he was honored to accept the coaching position.

"I can't wait for Nov. 2 to get here and officially start the season," he said.

Birch said he plans to base the team on four cornerstones that he has grown with: discipline, focus on academics, image, and program building.

In other business:

Donations were accepted as follows: Market Street School, school supplies valued at $1,088.10 donated to Janet Sypert, second grade teacher; Market Street School, $100 from Sharon Yuhas of the Youngstown Tail-Waggers 4-H Dog Club to be used to defray the cost of sending a needy fourth-grade student to Camp Fitch; Market Street School, $128 from David Knickerbocker of Evangel Baptist Church to be used to purchase 32 headphones for needy students; Stadium Drive Elementary School, $351.24 from the Target Take Charge of Education Program; Stadium Drive Elementary School, $200 from Dr. James Chengelis to purchase materials for the science lab; and Boardman High School, a new scoreboard for the softball field at the high school to be installed by Bob Jones of Youngstown Propane. The approximate value of the scoreboard is $3,500.

Following a discussion on Workers' Compensation and Unemployment Claims, the recommendation that the board enter into a one-year agreement with Tartan Benefits Services, LTD., effective Oct. 10, 2012. Tartan Benefits Services will provide assistance with workers' compensation claims at a cost of $7,350 and unemployment claims at a cost of $750.

The board approved an Educational Audiologist Agreement with the Youngstown City Schools to provide educational audiology services for a Boardman Schools student.

Field trips approved: the high school speech and debate team travelled to Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Ind., from Sept. 28-29, to participate in the Reagan Library National Debate Series.

The High School Spartan Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble I will travel to Chicago, from Nov. 21-24, to participate in the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade and a jazz performance at Navy Pier.

The high school chamber orchestra will travel to Cleveland, from Oct. 25-26, to participate in a string workshop and attend a Cleveland Orchestra Concert.

The high school Symphony, Classical and Chamber Orchestras will travel to Columbus, from Feb. 21-23, 2013, to participate in state contests and to Toronto, Canada, from April 24-28, 2013 to participate in national competition.



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