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School board pays tribute to cross country team

December 6, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

During their regular meeting last week, the Boardman Board of Education paid tribute to the high school cross country team that competed at the state finals in November. Present at the meeting were team members senior Mark Hadley, senior Alan Burns, sophomore Nathan Hadley, senior Justin Maroni, senior Jacob Kelleck, sophomore Adam Deeley, and senior Trevor Leyden. Nick Long was absent.

The team members earned OHSAA honors and Mark Hadley brought home the individual state championship. Head coach John Phillips said the success of this year's team came from the support they got.

"The support for this team was second to none," he told board members. "Unfortunately, most are seniors."

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Boardman High School cross country team members honored at the recent Board of Education meeting included state champion Mark Hadley, Trevor Leyden, Jacob Kelleck, Justin Maroni, Alan Burns, Adam Deeley and Nathan Hadley.

Boardman High School Principal Jared Cardillo said, "This is truly a team, the way they supported one another, but the strongest compliment they could receive was having a bus load of Boardman students go to Columbus to cheer them on."

Phillips was honored for receiving the honor of being named Federal League Coach of the Year. All the team members were congratulated by board members and each was given a copy of the board resolutions.

On another matter, board member Kim Poma questioned students participating in extra-curriculars who are not students in Boardman schools. Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said there are some allowed, depending on their situation.

"If the student is fully home schooled, yes that student can participate in Boardman extra-curriculars," Lazzeri said. "If it is a board-sponsored Internet school, yes. Other community and Internet school, no."

In other business:

The board accept the following donations:

To West Boulevard Elementary School, school supplies valued at $1,000 from Office Max as part of the "A Day Made Better" program; and $150 from Great American Opportunities for the Block Out Bullying program.

To Market Street Elementary School, $99 from Target/Take Charge of Education.

The donation is part of the Target REDcard program.

To Boardman High School, $6,000 from Chick-fil-A, Southern Park Mall to the BHS

Yes Fest. The donation was used to purchase Yes Fest T-shirts for those students who signed the pledge; and $750 from Xpert Designs to be used towards Yes Fest T-shirts; Boardman Spartan clothing valued at $150 from the Dollar General Store number 1554 on South Avenue, Boardman, to go towards students in need. The clothing items donated were given to Karen Kannal, BHS program voordinator.

To Stadium Drive Elementary School, $75 from VFW 1423 for a Veterans Day breakfast; $37 from Target Corporation to be used in the pupil support account; one 20-by-30-inch color group picture of fourth grade students and one 12-by-18-inch framed photo of staff from Robert Senn Studio of Photography.

The following individuals were approved for payment from the OHSAA for working tournaments held at Boardman. Payment for the tournaments comes from the OHSAA. Games covered included the girls soccer tournament on Oct. 17 and the boys soccer tournament on Oct. 17. Approved for payment were ticket sellers Stacey Armstrong and Michelle Peters, trainer Michael Kenneally, secretary Jean Armstrong, and manager Nick Hewko.

The board approved the contract with Mahoning County Educational Service Center to provide services to students qualifying under the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation VRP3 Project. Lazzeri said Boardman has between eight and 10 students who require the services. Approval was also given for the amended services contract with Mahoning County Educational Service Center, which was a separate issue.

The board approve hiring Jane Howells for Title I instruction and governance services effective Dec. 1, 2013 through the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year. The position is totally covered through Title I funds.



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