Poland Board of Education held its first meeting of the calendar year Jan. 21 by approving a few contractual items as well as staff approvals.
The board approved a contract with the Mahoning County Educational Service center for the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Vocational Rehabilitation Public and Private Partnership program, also known as the VRP3 Project.
For various technical services, the board renewed a contract with ACCESS for the 2014-2015 school year. With the contract, ACCESS will provide services including: email, voicemail, computer data services including payroll, EMIS, grade reporting, attendance, scheduling, and voice over IP services and wireless services.
It was noted that most of the services to be provided by ACCESS are eligible for ERATE reimbursement, a service of the Universal Service Administrative Company that helps eligible schools and libraries across the United States to secure affordable Internet and Telecommunication services.
In other business, the board:
* Approved Mary Beth Brennan, three hour cook/server/cashier for the Middle/McKinley Connector, beginning Jan. 27;
* Accepted the resignation of Joe McCree from the position of cook/server/cashier at Dobbins Elementary effective Jan. and approved McCree as a 2.5-hour cook/server/cashier at the Middle/McKinley Connector beginning Jan. 27;
* Approved Lori DeLisio, six hour monitor at central copy, to replace the retirement of Paula Visingardi;
* Approved Richard Kosa Jr., three-hour bus driver, to replace the retirement of Lenore Galbraith. Also approved for three hour bus driver was Frank Cherol Jr. to replace the resignation of Rick Baldwin.
* Approved Joe Colella as assistant Poland Middle School track coach, and Christopher Martin for volunteer varsity baseball coach.
The board also approved joining the Mahoning Valley Regional Council of Governments. Superintendent David Janofa presented the board with information about membership including ways that utilization of MVR COG services could save the district money. Janofa said that membership provides the board opportunities to use the COG services but that there are no costs for membership. Costs would be charged for use of services if the board opts to use them.
In honor of School Board Recognition Month, Janofa recognized each member of the board with a certificate of appreciation.
"What a honor it is to work with each of you together as a team and individual, he said. "There's lots of work to be done and I can't think of a better team to do that with."
Board meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at Poland Township Hall, on the following dates: Feb. 24, March 24, April 28, May 19, June 23, Aug. 8, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 24 and Dec.15.