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Boardman Board of Education organizes for 2014

January 23, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Boardman Board of Education held its organizational meeting Jan. 11 beginning with the administering of the oath of office to board members Victoria Davis, John Landers and Kimberly Poma.

Elected as Board President for 2014 was Niklaus Amstutz and Poma was elected as vice president. Fred Davis was named president pro-tem and Davis was elected as legislative liaison.

Board members moved on a first reading for two levy renewals that are up this year. Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said although they are renewals, they are key to maintaining the district as it is right now.

"Both levies were emergency levies when they were first passed," Lazzeri said. "They collect a specific dollar amount that is the same as when they were first approved. There is no growth in what they bring in."

The oldest is a five-year emergency levy passed in March 1979, which brings $1,999,547 to the district. The second, which is a three-year emergency levy, was first passed November of 1984 and generates $1,468,744. Both levies have been renewed several times.

"These two levies make up 15 percent of all the property tax we collect," Lazzeri said.

There will be a second reading before a resolution is approved by the board and submitted to the auditor for certification. The second reading is expected at the next board meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Boardman High School.

In other business the board:

* Set its regular meetings for 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month. The locations will be announced;

* Approved joining the Ohio School Boards Association Legal Assistance Fund for the 2014 calendar year at a fee of $250;

* Approved a service fund for 2014 at $5,000;

* Extended extended standing authority to Treasurer Richard Santilli to secure advances from the auditor when funds are available and payable to the school district, and to invest interim funds at the most productive interest rate whenever such funds are available. The Board also granted the treasurer permission to borrow funds if needed at the lowest possible interest rate from a local lending institution. The Board is authorized to borrow one-half of an estimated real estate tax collection;

* Approved the following law firms to be employed for the calendar year 2014 by the Boardman Board of Education to be used at the discretion of the superintendent: Henderson, Covington, Messenger, Newman & Thomas Co. L.P.A. of Youngstown; Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P.of Cleveland; and Britton, Smith, Peters & Kalail Co., L.P.A. of Cleveland.

* Approved the appointment of the superintendent or his designee as its designated appeals officer for all suspension appeals held during 2014;

* Granted Timothy Saxton, Director of Operations for the Boardman Schools.



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