Mark Zura has been appointed vice principal of Boardman High School, effective Aug. 1. The Board of Education approved Zura at their May 20 meeting.
Zura, who currently serves as a special education teacher for Boardman Schools, will begin the new administrative role as current BHS Assistant Principal Jared Cardillo, prepares for his promotion to BHS principal, also beginning Aug. 1.
Cardillo's promotion was announced at the April meeting of the board, as longtime BHS Principal Timothy Saxton moves on to director of operations at the district's central office.
"When the shuffling started and Tim [Saxton] announced that he was leaving, and it was decided that I would be his replacement, we sat as a team and we talked about who would we want in this position," Cardillo told the board about the process of choosing a new vice principal.
Cardillo said that Zura had come up repeatedly as first choice on administrators' lists as they discussed the qualities they wanted to see.
"It was unanimous," said Cardillo.
Cardillo said that administrators knew they had the right fit in Zura after observing the respect Zura showed for both colleagues and students, as well as professionalism shown in a variety of "tough situations."
Cardillo added that with the growth of special education at BHS, he is glad to have Zura's expertise in special education as new teachers are interviewed for the program.
"Honored, privileged and very excited to present to you Mark Zura," Cardillo said to the board.
Zura thanked the board for the appointment, saying that he is very happy to be part of the Boardman family.
"It's such a privilege to join this administrative team," Zura said. "They are a class act and I am honored to be part of them, and carry on that tradition at the high school that they have established."
The board granted Zura a three-year contract as vice principal, beginning the 2013-2014 school year.
The board also appointed a new teacher at the meeting - Jessica Billock was granted a one-year contract as a special education teacher at Stadium Drive Elementary. Billock is a University of Akron graduate as well as a former Stadium Drive student.
In other business:
- The board discussed the potential approval of four waiver days for the 2013-2014 school year - days students would have off while teachers take part in state-mandated training.
However, with concerns voiced about students missing four days of school, the board decided to table the issue until the next meeting, taking time to learn more about the training to see if there is any way it can be condensed or arranged so that all students would not have to miss all four days.
Director of Instruction Dr. Linda Ross noted that there are other local school districts that are taking the four full waiver days for training and that the training itself is not optional, but state mandated.
- The board approved the granting of diplomas to around 378 students, contingent on students' successful completion of requirements. Commencement is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2 in the BHS gymnasium.
- The board approved another year of membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for BHS, Center Middle School and Glenwood Middle School for the 2013-2014 school year.
- A resolution was approved for end of course examinations for American History and American Government.
- A service agreement was approved for Mahoning County Educational Service Center to provide psychological services, providing testing services for evaluation for acceleration.
- The board approved a new Acceptable Use Policy that now includes language about the use of social media by staff members.
- Among upcoming BHS events, Superintendent Frank Lazzeri noted the BHS Spring Jazz Concert, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 31 at the high school cafeteria.
- After a legislative report from Niklaus Amstutz, which mentioned a new bill from Sen. Joe Schiavoni, which allows schools to apply for grant money for security purposes, Dr. Ross gave a report on federal and state programs. The board then recessed to executive session to discuss the district's security plan update.