On the record: Champion, LaBrae, Lordstown, Mecca


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Kelly Boyle, Patricia Fisher, David Mahan, John Pitts and Jim Scher

The board:

• Heard from Middle School Principal Heather Campbell that ninth graders Chloe Adams, Jordan Durham, Kaylee Gania and Kaitlyn Wilkes traveled to the Ohio School Board Association annual capital conference for a presentation of their popcorn holder device created in eighth grade last year for the school’s Invention Convention;

• Heard from Boyle that he, Superintendent Pam Hood and resident Jennifer McLellan will serve on a committee to help educate the public about concerns of society’s drug and opioid problems and the effect they have on families and communities;

• Approved per negotiated agreement setting Dec. 22, 25 and 29 and Jan. 1 as paid holidays for 12-month employees in the district;

• Set the annual State of the Schools forum for Jan. 25 in the high school gymnasium.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Russell Sewell, Gary Morton, Virginia Blaney, Tim Gibson and Diane Duncan

The board:

• Named Cory Hinzman varsity baseball coach, Demetria Noble varsity softball coach, Brian Cowe varsity head boys track coach and Elisabeth Farone varsity head girls track coach;

• Increased classified substitute pay rates: cook, aide and secretary from $8.15 to $8.30 per hour, effective Jan. 1. No changes were made for bus drivers, at $12 per hour or $27 per trip; or custodians, at $9 per hour;

• Approved Stacey Klotzbach as a Title I tutor for 5 1/2 hours per day at $13.75 per hour. The days will be determined based on federal funding;

• Approved Trumbull County Educational Service Center’s Business Advisory Council to serve as the advisory council for the district.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Village council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Robert Bond, Karen Jones, Lamar Liming, Donald Reader, Howard Sheely and Mayor Arno Hill

ABSENT: Ron Radtka


• Approved the sale of a bullet-proof vest purchased specifically for Taylor Romain, a former auxiliary police officer, who was hired by Niles police recently. The vest was sold to Niles for $300;

• Accepted a proposal from Lyden Oil Co. to supply the village’s vehicles with gasoline and diesel fuel for 2018 at a rate of $1.685 per gallon for gasoline and $1.875 for diesel.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Township trustee meeting Monday

PRESENT: Fritz Birkhimer, Jim Governor and Dan Galbenica


• Tabled for review getting a multi-directional tornado warning siren for the west side of Mosquito Lake. Currently there is a siren on the east side of the lake;

• Heard from Governor that the township trustee association supports Senate Bill 50 to stop brine well drilling. Brookfield and other townships have had concerns with drilling in their communities;

• Heard from Governor who reported that the association learned automobile crashes and other emergencies may be reported to 911 through videos and text messages as well as phone calls.

— Bob Coupland