At the March 25 meeting of the Boardman Board of Education, board members including Superintendent Frank Lazzeri, honored students from the Boardman Local School District who made special accomplishments during the winter sports season.
Students were presented with certificates of accomplishment while board members shook each of their hands.
Honored at the meeting for their wrestling accomplishments were seniors Joe Cordova and Nicholas Mancini. Coach Dom Mancini said that Cordova was a state qualifier and two-time district qualifier. Mancini noted how far Cordova has come in his wrestling since starting.
"He was 3-15 his sophomore year," Mancini said of Cordova. "Just goes to show you what hard work can do - all the way to state tournament by the time he's a senior."
Of Nicholas Mancini, coach Mancini said that he was a three-time state qualifier for the Spartans, breaking the all-time-career-winning matches record with 143 victories and ranking third in the state this year.
"With these guys they finished 15th in the district, 34th in the state," coach Mancini said of Cordova and Mancini. "Keeps the tradition of Boardman wrestling on the map at the state level."
Also recognized were swimmers Brooke Bailey, Colleen Manning, Jordyn Markovitch, Jessica Hilk and state champ Ryan Bailey.
"This is our 14th consecutive year to be at the Division I tournament and it's quite a run that we're proud of," said head swimming coach Terry O'Halloran.
In other business:
- The board accepted a $100 donation from Dr. James Chengelis to be used in the science lab at Stadium Drive Elementary School, as well as a $100 donation from Dollar General to Boardman High School for supplies at one of the art department's annual activities.
- At the meeting board members agreed to renew the memorandum of agreement with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley for another year of Success by Six, a program designed to help kindergartners feel more comfortable with their experience of entering the classroom for the first time. In its third year at Boardman Schools, Lazzeri said that since the United Way makes the donation for this program, no district dollars are spent.
- Board member Nik Amstutz presented the board with resolutions to oppose Ohio Gov. John Kasich's recent budget proposal that would decrease funding to the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, as well as a resolution to oppose Kasich's proposal to expand the publicly funded voucher system.