At the Feb. 24 meeting of the Boardman Board of Education, board members heard from two residents regarding the Common Core standards. Both speakers were in opposition to the Common Core and was hoping school districts like Boardman would take a stand against it.
The first speaker was Brandon Berg, a kindergarten through fifth-grade youth pastor at Grace Family Church in Canfield. Berg told board members he was concerned because he has two children in Boardman schools.
''It was private trade organizations that developed Common Core as national standards,'' Berg said. ''Private trade organizations are not accountable to voters.''
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
The BHS Ocean Bowl Team was honored at the Feb. 24 board meeting for winning the regional competition in Pittsburgh and qualifying for the national competition in May. Pictured are seated board members Niklaus Amstutz, Kimberly Poma, Victoria Davis, John Landers, and Alfred Davis. Ocean Bowl team members standing include coach Heather Moran, and students James Jones, Matthew Stark, Luke Carabbia, Kaye Moyer, and Megan Banks.
According to Berg, there are issues regarding privacy and data sharing that are part of Common Core and he believes it should not become a national standard for education if voters cannot have say and power through elected officials.
The second speaker, Trevor Nortan, also a pastor at Grace Family Church, said he also is concerned. Nortan said the move is to create a standard nationwide for all schools to follow when it comes to what is taught in the classroom. He said the U.S. Constitution says the federal government has no role in education policy and that Common Core does not help prepare kids for college. According to Nortan, with English language arts, the Common Core de-emphasizes the study of literature. In math, it moves algebra I from eighth to ninth grade and ensures the majority of students will not reach calculus in high school. Both changes will inhibit students from being prepared for college.
''Common Core only prepares kids for community standards and nothing more,'' Nortan said.
Berg urged board members to host at least three public meetings to debate Common Core over the next couple months.
On a different matter, the board turned their attention to special guests who were being honored through resolutions. The first was Emily Szabo, who was recognized for her efforts to raise $110 for new playground equipment at Market Street Elementary. The funds were raised from her 8th birthday when Emily asked for money for the playground instead of gifts.
The second recognition went to the Boardman High School Ocean Bowl Team. The team of juniors Matthew Stark, Luke Carabbia, Kaye Moyer and Megan Banks, and freshman James Jones took first place at the regional competition in Pittsburgh and qualified for the national competition in Seattle, Wash. in May. The team was joined by coach Heather Moran and the competition tests students knowledge concerning conservation and the Great Lakes and oceans..
In other business the board:
* Accepted resignations for high school art teacher Edith Davidson effective June 30 and Glenwood Middle School social studies teacher Catherine Santangelo effective March 31;
* Approved classified staff transfers for Kathleen Toohey, from a half contract bus driver to a full contract bus driver;
* Approved hiring high school staff as follows: Dayna Daltorio, girls track assistant; Denise Gorski, girls head track coach; Patricia Reitmann, Crier business manager; George Mavrikis, track assistant; Robert Mingo, assistant baseball coach; John Phillips Sr., track assistant; and Michael Trell, head softball coach;
* Approved hiring Scott Lenhart, top assistant boys track coach at Glenwood Middle School;
* Approved hiring volunteer high school coaching staff: Jeffrey Lane, indoor track coach and track coach; Michael Popio Jr., baseball coach; Whitney Resch, indoor track coach and track coach; Robert Jones, softball coach; George Mavrikis, indoor track coach; Mike Popio Sr., baseball coach; Christopher Riwniak, indoor track coach and track coach; and William Stanton, baseball coach;
* Approved the following substitutes, tutors and home instructors for the 2013-14 school year: Elizabeth Christani, K-12 intervention specialist; Eric Constance, bus aide; Amanda Delp, long-term K-3; Jared Ebie, grades 7-12 integrated social studies; Trinetta Gehring, short term general education; Matthew Krause, long term 7-12 life science; Ryan Holmes, long term; LaDonna Horton, long term language arts; Jodi Leininger, K-3; Kailyn Mowery, long term K-3; and Christie Walton, long term visual art;
* Approved summer school registration and enrollment conditions; and
* Approved field trips: high school girls indoor track team to Columbus Feb. 28-Mar. 1 to participate in the Arnold Classic Track and Field Meet on the campus of Ohio State University; and high school varsity and junior varsity baseball teams to Columbus, from Mar. 28-29 to participate in a double-header against Watkins Memorial High School.