The Austintown Board of Education accepted the second phase of the Ohio School Facilities Commission Classroom Facilities Acceptance Program, Segment 2 at the regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Superintendent Vince Colaluca said this moved is simply to accept the commission's offer for a new high school.
"With the increase in technology, the present Fitch High School can't handle the drain on electricity," Colaluca said. "The building infrastructure is being taxed."
He explained that in 2007, the commission offering was for $96 million to build the new elementary, intermediate and a new high school. The board decided to cut that in half so as not burden the taxpayers with a huge bond issue all at once. A little over half the amount was accepted and voters approved the district's match for Austintown Intermediate and Austintown Elementary.
"This move is not putting a new bond issue on the ballot," Colaluca said. "It simply accepts the offer right now."
On a different matter, the board recognized the great seasonal start for the Fitch High School speech team. The 62-member team has been taking first in area tournaments and has accumulated several dozen trophies in just its first few weeks of competition.
In other business:
The board approved the purchase of two 2013 four-wheel drive trucks with plows from Greenwood Chevrolet at a cost of $58,612 and a new Kabota tractor for groundskeeping at a cost of $25,110. The trucks will replace a 1995 and a 1998 vehicle.
The board approved appointments for Angela Mastroberardino to paraprofessional/crossing guard, Ronald Vernon to AIS sweeper-cleaner, and Ellic Mitchell to transportation floating driver.
Resignations were accepted for Diane Santiago, Kelty-Fitness Center sign-in desk staff; Druann Buzzacco, sweeper-cleaner; Vicki Gleydura, paraprofessional; David Willison, bus driver; Theresa Miller, intervention specialist tutor; and Steve Ward, assistant girls tennis coach.
Approved volunteers included Aaron Means, wrestling, and Ron DeAmicis, speech team.
FHS and AMS dance lines were approved to perform at a Universal Dance Association competition on Dec. 7 in Pittsburgh. Transportation and registration expense are to be paid by the girls.
Approval was given for the K-2 ELA Lead teacher position to be shared among Janet Detwiler, Shawne Gerst, and Sherri McKeown.
The board approved the following athletic positions: Joseph Chepke, Fitch assistant girls basketball coach; Robert Cameron, AMS eighth-grade girls basketball coach; Robert Tice, freshman wrestling coach; Lauren Wolfgang, freshman cheerleading coach; and Danielle Mackall, ski club advisor.
The aboard approved the following tutors: AES intervention tutors Ann Theresa Bonder and Melissa Seckler, and AMS intervention tutor Melissa DelBoccio. Adequate yearly progress tutors are: Jennifer Hykes, Christopher Karickhoff, Jason Johnson, Sheila Henline, and Jason A. Cochran at Fitch; Mary Ann Davisat AES; and Roy Burd, Karen Pavligo and Brittany Andersonat AMS. Response to intervention tutors Elizabeth Mangan atAIS, and Jason A. Cochran and Elizabeth Crisp at AMS. Home instruction tutors Melissa Pezzuolo and Kari Knight. Before and after school Title I tutors Angie Walls, Kelly Castronova, Marijo Matune, Irika Berlinger, Renee Houser, and Megan Rust.
Personnel were approved for Food Service substitutes Yolanda Sanchez, Jaclyn Pandrea, Patricia Barbone,
And Carlotta Harris, and transportation substitutes William Boughamer, Laura Host, and, Kenneth Frost.
Approval was given to hire Barbara Gonda and Richard Blevins as 2013-14 fall/winter event staff.
Approval was given to accept the donation of twelve 4 x6 x16-foot pieces of treated lumber from Austintown Home Depot for the purpose of building a retaining wall around the perimeter of the shot put area at Falcon Stadium in the amount of $450.
The board accepted the donation of a 27-inch iMac donated to ACTV by Lee Yi from DRUND valued at $799.95.