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Board OKs levies for May ballot

February 7, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Boardman Board of Education approved placing two levies on the May 7 ballot during its Jan. 28 board meeting. One is a renewal and the other a replacement.

The first levy is a 5.9-mill tax levy for the purpose of current operating expenses. It was first approved by voters in 2003.

The second is a replacement of a 1.6-mill tax levy for the purpose of permanent improvements. That levy was first approved in 1988. For the May 7 ballot, the district is looking for a replacement, which means the 1.6 mill levy, now collecting less than that amount, would again collect at 1.6 mills.

Both levies approved at last week's Board of Education meeting will be sent to the Mahoning County Board of Elections for verification and the amount the levies will bring in to the school district.

Also at the meeting, honors abounded. It started with the board members themselves, as Superintendent Frank Lazzeri declared January as School Board Appreciation Month in Boardman. Lazzeri said the board members work hard and are constantly meeting on school matters.

"They are out there every day making very hard decisions for very, very little pay," Lazzeri said. "Most of the time they are donating it back to scholarship funds."

He said under board policy, the board members only get a small stipend for attending 10 meetings per year. All the meetings over and above that amount are unpaid.

As a token of appreciation, Lazzeri presented board members Niklaus Amstutz, Alfred Davis Jr., Mark Fulks, John Landers, and Kimberly Poma with certificates of appreciation from the Ohio School Board Association.

Also honored at the meeting was the Boardman boys cross country team, represented by senior Sam Sheronovich, juniors Jacob Kelleck, Justin Maroni, Alan Burns, and Mark Hadley, and freshman Nathan Hadley. Each athlete was issued a certificate of recognition for their great season and hard work.

"I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the cross country team after being associated with the Spartan Invitational for many years," said Lazzeri. "I think coach John Phillips has taken the team to the next level."

The team had won the Federal league championship and the district championship.

"We wanted to win league, district and state," said coach Phillips. "We accomplished two out of three this past season. State is still on the board and we have a strong core returning next year."

In other business:

The board accepted resignations for Nancy Terlesky, secretary to the superintendent; and Beth Ann Gorski, clerk, both for retirement.

Donations were accepted as follows:

Market Street Elementary School, $60.50 from American Income Life Insurance Company for the school's participation in a computer and internet safety program.

Stadium Drive Elementary School, $200 from Dr. James Chengelis to be deposited in the school's pupil activity account and used at the discretion of the principal.

Stadium Drive Elementary School, a laptop computer from Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Mahood. This computer will be used in the After School Program.

West Boulevard Elementary School, a 20 x 30 mounted print of the fourth grade class. This picture was donated by Robert Senn Studio and valued at $150.

The board approved On-Line Elective instructors Alyssa Calautti and James Cliff, art appreciation, and Moris Jadue, employability skills. Lazzeri said previously Boardman was paying the Unlimited Classroom for the services, but by doing it in-house, the district will save money and have better control over the program.

The board approved the employment of a substitute intervention teacher to work with small groups of high school AYP "at risk" sophomores. This teacher will be employed for a maximum of 20 school days from Feb. 4 through March 8, and will be paid at the board-approved substitute teacher rate.

The board recognized the Boardman Rotary Club for the club's efforts in the collection and distribution of food baskets to approximately 50 Boardman school families.

The board recognized the following Boardman Center Middle School students for their collective and/or individual accomplishments. Lily Shannon, Morgan Wessling, Kayla Rossetti, Beyonce Boone, Haley Blangero, George Morar, Delia Walkowiec, Connor Stevens, Nikhitha Vellanki, Jenna Hardie, and Sebastian DiFalco had artwork on display at Lane-Anstrom Chapel in Boardman from Nov. 16 to 31, 2012.

Legislative liaison Amstutz reported the governor's budget was due on Feb. 4 and there may be changes in education funding with more money going to charter schools.



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