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New faces head up roster for 2017-18 school year

July 25, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Austintown Board of Education finished filling spots in the administrative team at the July 19 meeting. Three new assistant principals were introduced and are in place for the start of the school year.

Introduced at the meeting were new AIS Assistant Principal Tim Pappagallo, new Fitch junior Principal Brian Racz, and new Fitch freshmen Principal Zac Barson. Racz and Pappagallo were approved by the board at the meeting and Barson was approved at a prior meeting.

Also approved at the July 19 meeting was the new Austintown Athletic Director Jim Penk. Penk was unanimously approved after careful consideration.

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Austintown Intermediate School Assistant Principal Angel Owens introduced new AIS assistant principal Tim Pappagallo during the July 19 board meeting. Pappagallo was approved by the board in the meeting.

"We had over 20 applicants for the position," said board President Don Sherwood. "We ended up interviewing four and Jim was selected as the best fit."

Penk will begin officially on July 31, but Sherwood said he is already getting a feel for the position.

Penk will fill the position previously held by Lewis VanHoose, whose contract was not renewed in a 3-2 vote in June.

Sherwood said VanHoose did a lot while he was here, but it was time to head in a different direction.

"Lewis wasn't a good fit for us," Sherwood said. "He came from a college background and high school athletics is different. We felt it was time for a change."

One thing Penk will have charge of is working out a schedule with Eastern Gateway Community College for use of Coppola (baseball) Field for practices and games. The board approved a 10-year agreement with Eastern Gateway for rental of the field.

In other business:

The board re-approved its tobacco-free policy after receiving a grade of A+ from the Ohio Department of Health's tobacco program.

The District agreed to retain RedTree Investment Group to provide advice and supervision for the District's investment portfolio.



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