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Administrator to receive Act of Courage award

May 8, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the April 28 regular meeting of the Boardman Board of Education, member Vicky Davis announced that Director of Operations at Boardman, Tim Saxton, will receive the American Red Cross Act of Courage award.

Saxton will receive the award for his quick thinking on March 9 that saved a Boardman man's life.

''Our board president [Nik Amstutz] suffered a heart attack and Tim Saxton performed CPR on him,'' Davis said. ''He survived and is in rehabilitation right now. Without the CPR, he would not have survived.''

Davis said Saxton, who was nominated for the award, will receive the honor in a presentation to be held June 12.

In other business, the board approved policies involving drug testing. A first reading for the policy was presented at the March meeting. The policy will initiate drug testing through hair sampling for students who take part in extra-curricular activities as well as driving to school. Any student taking part in an extra-curricular activity, including sports, will be subject to the testing prior to starting the activity. Students' names will be placed in a pool for random testing throughout the school year. The policy also allows parents of students who are not driving to school or are not involved in extracurricular activities to request the testing.

Board president Kim Poma said the new policy was put together by a committee of community members.

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''The committee was a true cross section of the community,'' Poma said.

On the staff side of the testing policy, all new hires will be required to go through a drug test.

In other business the board:

* Approved retirements for Center Middle School teacher Rose Hernandez, high school Italian/Spanish teacher Eleanor Sacco, high school family and consumer science teacher Judith Taraba, and Robinwood teacher aide Carol Kirschke, all effective in June.

* Accepted donations of $6,490.17 from Robinwood PTA to purchase and install new swing sets and platforms on the Robinwood playground, and accepted seven Boardman Board of Education photographs from Robert Senn Studios.

* Approved the appointments of the following personnel: James Cliff, high school art teacher; Nicholas DiFrancesco, high school math teacher; Elizabeth Holter, Glenwood Middle language arts teacher; Heidi Peachock, Stadium Drive first grade teacher; Kristopher Reash, high school math teacher; Lisa Rucci, West Boulevard reading teacher; and Richard Sypert, high school science teacher.

* Recognized Barbara Pasquale and Salon Shericci employees George Agues, Betsy Burns, Thelma Gabbert, Barbara Pasquale, Jenna Tauro and Bill Raymond, who snipped, shaved, and cut their way through 30 drug tests while donating their time prior to the start of the March board meeting for the first live drug testing run with Psychemedics Corporation.

 
 

 

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