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Board kicks off new school year

August 21, 2013
By Joanna Larson , Town Crier correspondent

Members of the Boardman Local Schools Board of Education met Monday for their first meeting of the 2013-2014 school year. In addition to covering some routine business, the board finalized the school calendar and appointed a few new staff members to schools.

For the scope of the 2013-2014 school year, the board approved Amanda Blaner, a graduate of Kent State University's masters program, as an intern psychologist, as well as Abigail Reynolds, as an intervention specialist at Glenwood Middle School. Reynolds holds her master's of special education degree from Bowling Green State University.

Jennifer Cabuno, a Youngstown State University graduate, was approved to be a fourth-grade teacher at West Boulevard Elementary.

The board also approved several staff transfers: Nicole Hagerty, a special needs teacher, was approved to move from Center Middle School to Robinwood Lane Elementary School. James Leonard, a former kindergarten teacher at West Boulevard, will now serve as a first grade teacher at the same school.

Sue Sivak, a special needs teacher at Robinwood Lane, will transfer to Center Middle School. Mary Ann MacLochlan, a former cafeteria server at Market Street Elementary, was approved for a cleaning position at Robinwood Lane.

The board accepted the resignation of Anita Puskar, a high school special education attendant, for the purposes of retirement, effective Sept. 1.

In other business:

Niklaus Amstutz, BOE legislative liason, said that a group from the district had recently met with Sen. Joe Schiavoni to discuss the potential of the district receiving an increase in grant money for facility maintenance. Amstutz said the district currently only receives a 16 percent facilities contribution.

The tuition rate for the school year was approved at $40.78 per day, for 175 days. Treasurer Richard Santilli said the rate is up around $5 from last year.

- For the school year, the board approved entering into agreements with Youngstown City Schools to provide audiology services, Mastriana & Mitzel Counseling Services to provide counseling services for St. Charles School, and Rhonda Buie Interpreting Services to provide interpreting/coordinator services for the district's hearing impaired students.

- A donation of $500 from David Hinkle to Market Street Elementary School was accepted. The donation, which was given for technology needs, was noted to be from a Debbie Hinkle YSU Scholarship fundraiser.

- Previously, the board had approved May 9, 2014 as one of three waiver days in the school year, but the board had to move that waiver day to May 12, 2014, because the first date being so close to testing dates. The waiver days are now as follows: Sept. 3, 2013, Jan. 27, 2014, and May 12, 2014.

- The new school year calendar was approved and finalized. Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said the calendar would be available on the school website. The first day of classes is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4.



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