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Board welcomes new staff member, is invited to join panel

February 6, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Jan. 28 Boardman Board of Education meeting, board members welcomed Ryan Dunn as the district's new Transportation Supervisor. He replaces Debra Brothers who retired on December 31.

Dunn was unanimously approved for the position after which he was invited to shake each board members hand as he was welcomed on board.

Dunn is a Boardman graduate, and has been actively involved in transportation services in the Valley for nearly 10 years. His latest position was as Transportation Supervisor for South Range Local Schools.

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Boardman Superintendent Tim Saxton Congratulates Ryan Dunn after the Board voted to hire him as the district's new Transportation Supervisor. Also pictured from left to right are Board members John Landers, John Fryda, Treasurer Nick Ciarniello, and Board President Jeff Barone.

"Ryan has a passion for transportation, and we are very excited to welcome him," said Superintendent Tim Saxton. "He is a Boardman native and a Spartan grad; he knows our streets and has driven our school buses, and we believe he will be a tremendous asset to our transportation department."

On a different matter, the board heard from Mahoning County Education Service Center's Dr. Douglas Hiscox, assistant county superintendent and Traci Hostetler, county superintendent. They made an offer to the Boardman board members to join the Mahoning Valley Business Advisory Council (BAC).

Hiscox said the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition assembled the BAC to bring real world needs to light so the youth can see what businesses want and need. He said right now there are 21 school districts that are involved within the BAC's boundaries. By teaming up with the MCESC, filling the needs of local companies were exposed."

"We have a committee of about 40 right now," Hiscox said. "We are looking at what the workforce needs in this area and what a student needs to do to meet those needs."

By bringing education and manufacturing together, both would benefit. The Manufacturers could fill their positions with well-trained people while students could stay in the area and make a decent wage.

"Our goal is to be the bridge between the decision kids make," Hostetler said.

Hiscox and Hostetler both invited any or all board members to take part in the BAC and help make a difference in providing youth a path to the career of their choice, including manufacturing.

In other business:

The board approved a debt issuance of $400,000 for the final phase of the athletic facilitiy construction. The total amount is expected to run $800,000 and the Athletic Boosters presently have $400,000 to go towards the project. The balance is expected to be paid off through private funding.

A donation of $800 was accepted from Farmers National Bank to go towards the Class of 2020.

A donation of $1,067 from an anonymous donor was accepted to pay off delinquent lunch accounts.

The board set a workshop for 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 to discuss the township's proposal for Market Street School property.



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