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Boardman Local Schools get a little good financial news

July 10, 2017
Town Crier

In an age when area schools are losing state and federal funding, any good news is welcomed. At the Boardman Board of Education meeting on June 29, a few items on the agenda brought that good news.

Leading the bright side, Boardman Superintendent Timothy Saxton said the national average increase is eight percent right now.

"Ours is at zero increase," he told board members. "One reason is we are self insured, which means everyone has skin in the game. Everyone sees the benefits of spending medical dollars wisely."

He said a zero increase may not happen again.

Boardman Assistant Treasurer Kimberly Yauman said there was also no increase in vision care. She did say the dental coverage would see a 6.5 percent increase.

Regarding the district's liability insurance, Director of Operations Jack Zocolo said he brought in local companies for quotes for the next school year and the coverage will be less that the 2017 cost.

Another bit of good news involved Title I and Title II funding. Both sources of funding help struggling students. In Title I, which is geared to a specific building, the district took a $49,000 hit for the 2017-18 school year. Under Title II, which is for the district and can be used in any building, Boardman received an increase of $42,000.

"If we pay our academic coaches out of Title II funds, we can use it in all five buildings," said Jared Cardillo, director of instruction. "Looking at Title I and Title II, we are actually only down $7,000. That's not so bad."

Also affecting the district's financial future were two levy renewals that will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. The first is a 5.9 mill, 5-year renewal levy for current expenses. The second is a 1.6 mill, 5-year permanent improvement renewal levy.

In other business:

The board accepted the following donations: to the WEB program at Center Intermediate School, $100 was made by an anonymous donor; Meridian Health Care, Industrial Mil Maintenance, The Armstrong Group of Companies, ABC American Business Center Inc., Aven Fire Systems, Friends of Joe Schiavoni, WR Sam Inc.-Carmella's Cafe, Brad Calhoun, A.L.A. Electric LLC, the Howlett Restaurant Group Inc., Rossi Brothers and Lellio, Margaret E. Montgomery and Neil Laughlin, the Hammerton Family, and $200 from the Quinlan family. Jerry Jones donated $200 to the Market Street Elementary School Pupil Support Fund. Glenwood PTA donated $450 to the Glenwood Hope Club. Robert Senn Studio donated the fourth grade print to West Boulevard Elementary School with a value of $65. An undisclosed donor donated a $1,200 custom-made desk to the Robinwood School office.

Last, to Glenwood Junior High School was a $3,000 donation from the James and Coralie Centofanti Charitable Foundation. This donation will fund the purchase of a classroom set of Chromebooks with a charging station to enable special education students at Glenwood Junior High School to have access to Google Classroom.



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