On the record


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Ramon W. French, Mark J. Webb and Douglas S. Seemann


• Set a work session 7:30 p.m. today with Bloomfield trustees at the Bloomfield Township garage to discuss service agreements and matters relating to both townships;

• Allowed Century Link to bury a service line in the right of way on Hyde Shaffer Road;

• Accepted the resignation of John Hickey as a medic / firefighter;

• Purchased tires from Bob Sumerel Tire Co. at a cost of $1,749;

• Set trick-or-treat 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Mathews Board of Education meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Tarin Brown, Michele Garman, Rex Rager, Terry Woodyard and Jamie Koehler

The board:

• Heard from Superintendent Lew Lowery that talks on consolidating with Brookfield or Liberty schools is ”a dead issue” as neither district is interested. However, Lowery said Liberty and Brookfield are interested in possible shared services between the three school systems with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber contacted on what grants are available for a study;

• Approved ServPro to complete work on the high school kitchen and cafeteria floors at cost not to exceed $6,000. Brown said a drain in an upstairs restroom had a sewage backup that overflowed from the ceiling into the kitchen and cafeteria. He said insurance will cover costs;

• Approved senior graduation for May 17, 2018 at Packard Music Hall at a cost of $3,500 for use of the facility;

• Approved the high school band trip to Williamsburg, Va., May 4-6, 2018; Spanish class trip to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, Oct. 26; art and social studies trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater Museum in Mill Run, Pa., Nov. 7; and Spanish trip to Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Nov. 14;

• Scheduled a special meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at the board office to replace the superintendent’s secretary / EMIS coordinator, Stephanie Marin, who accepted a position at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center. Her last day is Sept. 29.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: Tim Arbogast, Betsy Dunn, Steve Gilanyi, Tom Proverbs and John Shaffer

The board:

• Heard from Superintendent Rocco Nero, who said the district did well in the progress area on the state report cards and will continue to work to make improvements in scores in various areas;

• Changed advanced physical education to advanced exercise science as a one-credit elective course for high school students. The previous advanced physical education was a half credit;

• Approved Tim Howard as high school English teacher on a one-year contract;

• Approved adding a yearbook advisor supplemental position with Katelyn Brown as high school advisor and Linda Davenport as elementary advisor;

• Approved purchase of a 2017 Ford dump truck with plow at $44,834 from Mark Thomas Ford through Ohio Department of Administrative Services procurement program;

• Approved the junior high Washington, D.C., trip May 5-8, 2018;

• Approved use of the cafetorium for the Team Faith fundraiser Dec. 2;

• Rescheduled the meeting from Nov. 21 to Nov. 14 because of Thanksgiving.

— Bob Coupland