On the Record: Girard, Liberty


WHAT: City council meeting Monday

PRESENT: Reynald Paolone, Mark Ragozine, Mark Standohar, Lily Martuccio, Fran Wilson, William Ryser and Mayor James Melfi

ABSENT: Thomas Grumley and John Moliterno


• Heard from Melfi that he, Safety Service Director Jerome Lambert, police Chief John Norman and others will attend a memorial service March 7 at the statehouse in Columbus in memory of police officer Justin Leo, who died last fall in a shooting when responding to a domestic violence call. Melfi said Leo’s death was the most tragic event in his years as mayor;

• Announced the annual Earth Day cleanup will be April 21 with local community groups helping at parks, along the sides of roads and at other locations;

• Heard from Wilson of having an insect ordinance in place when dealing with bug problems to contact the Trumbull County Combined Health District for help.

— Bob Coupland


WHAT: Liberty Local Schools board of education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Calvin Jones, Diana DeVito, Christopher Brookbank, Scott Davis and David Malone

The board:

• Announced the dedication and ribbon cutting for the community youth recreation center at the former Liberty High School gym on Churchill Hubbard Road will be 11 a.m. March 15. The center will provide activities for both the schools and the township;

• Approved the following committee appointments: Davis and DeVito to community engagement / public relations; Brookbank and Malone to security; Devito, Davis, Malone and Jones to 21st century learning / curriculum; and Brookbank, Jones and Malone to youth recreation center;

• Approved participation in the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission assessment and planning process. Superintendent Joseph Nohra said the district will receive a free assessment of the three school buildings to see if any upgrades or improvements need to be made;

• Accepted the retirement / resignation of Judith Stoecker, guidance counselor at E.J. Blott, who had 23 years with the district and more than 30 for her career in education;

• Approved an agreement with Eastern Gateway Community College and Kent State University for high school students to take college courses while still in high school;

• Accepted donations of $4,500 from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant for science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) project at W.S. Guy Middle School and $4,045 from the Newman Levy Scholarship Fund for the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.;

• Approved a contract with Hadi Hadi as head wrestling coach. The new agreement increases his pay from $3,000 to $4,000 due to resignation of an assistant coach;

• Announced March Madness event for families will be 5:30 pm. March 22 at E.J. Blott School with various STEM activities planned.

— Bob Coupland