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BOE approves renewal levy, introduces new leadership

July 10, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Two new faces will be joining the Boardman administration staff this year, and both were introduced at last week's Board of Education meeting.

Bart Smith will be taking the position of Glenwood Middle School principal, and Matt Beard will step up to Center Middle School assistant principal. Smith served as assistant principal at Glenwood for three years, and Beard had taught at Robinwood Elementary School for eight years.

''I thank the board for the appointment,'' Smith said. ''I intend to keep the tradition of excellence at Glenwood.''

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Joining the Boardman Schools administrative force this fall are two new faces. Matt Beard, left, will be filling the position of Boardman Center Middle School assistant principal and Bart Smith, right, will be taking over the role of Glenwood Middle School principal.

Following the introductions, the board moved into the business part of the meeting by approving the placement of a renewal levy on the November ballot. The levy is a three-year emergency levy that generates $3,178,231 for the district. It was originally passed by voters in November of 2012.

''This is the first step to putting it on the November ballot,'' said superintendent Frank Lazzeri. ''It will require passage in another meeting to approve submitting it to the auditor.''

Once the auditor gets the approval, a millage can be computed on the amount.

The board also approved the agreement with the Boardman Education Association for a three-year contract for the teachers. The current contract expired on June 29.

Under the terms of the new contract, teachers have agreed to contribute more towards their health insurance premiums. They will have it rise to 10 percent over the next three years.

On the wages side, Boardman teachers will receive a one-percent increase to their base salaries in years two and three of the contract.

Lazzari said, ''The Boardman Education Association and the Board of Education should be applauded for bringing this contract together during these difficult financial times for school districts in Ohio.''

In other business:

* The board accepted the following donations: $1,000 to Boardman High School from Charles Bennehoof for the benefit of the BHS Jazz Band; $125 from Frank Rulli for the BHS Italian National Honor Society; and 100 bricks from Mohl of Masonary Materials Plus for fourth graders to paint.

* The Board approved adding electronic cigarettes to the district's tobacco policy that bans tobacco use on school property.

* Field trips approved by the superintendent included the following: The Boardman High School football team to travel to Elkhorn Valley in Bergholtz from July 20-22 for football camp and the Boardman High School boys soccer team to travel to Strongsville from July 25-27 to participate in the Adidas National Soccer Showcase.



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