On the record: Niles Board of Education


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Thursday

PRESENT: Tony Perrone, Mary Ann McMahon, Kimberly Barrell, Christopher Chieffo, Michele Lamb and Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen

The board:

• Approved the October financial reports;

• Approved four purchase orders totaling $121,731.21, including Strategic Solutions for scanning of all district records at $21,231; Summit Supply for snow removal at $40,000; T-Mobile for $48,000 to increase the district’s existing purchase order to add CARES Act funding; and Trumbull County Educational Service Center for Title II allocations at $12,500.21;

• Approved the 2020-21 five-year projection of revenues, expenditures and assumptions;

• Approved renewing the district’s medical plan with Aetna for the 2021 year at a cost not to exceed $6,001,227, which is a decrease of $88,517;

• Employed Tiffany Cook as a fiscal specialist-payroll clerk in the treasurer’s office effective Monday. She is replacing someone who resigned;

• Approved moving fiscal specialist-budgetary clerk Lori Proper up on the salary schedule retroactive to July 1 at a cost of $2,457.94;

• Approved the resignation of Deborah Meadors, assistant custodian at Niles McKinley High School effective Jan. 1;

• Employed Joel Laughlin as the district’s maintenance supervisor effective Nov. 30 through June 30, 2023 to replace someone who retired;

• Employed Betsy Foulk as an administrative assistant II at the high school effective Dec. 8. The hiring replaces someone who retired and is a savings of $11,000;

• Employed Charmaine Fryer as a substitute bus driver and Tammy Stewart as a substitute cafeteria helper and substitute secretary, both on an as-needed basis for the rest of the 2020-21 school year;

• Appointed the following eight individuals as athletic coaches to supplemental one-year contracts: Michael Nicastro and Donald Ciminero, assistant varsity boys basketball coaches; Christopher Hanshaw, 7th-grade boys basketball coach; Christopher Marsco, 8th-grade boys basketball coach; Kyle Paden, 9th-grade boys basketball coach; Pedro DeLalor, assistant varsity girls basketball coach; Ashley Cline, 7th-grade girls basketball coach; and Miranda Boyle, 8th-grade girls basketball coach;

• Approved the impracticality of providing transportation to 11 students living in the district, but who attend different schools, and offer a $250 stipend per student in lieu of transportation. The students attend Heartland Christian, Victory Christian, JFK Upper Campus and Lower Campus, Akiva Academy, Ursuline and St. Rose in Girard;

• Approved, as per the district’s financial recovery plan, the reduction of an eight-hour administrative assistant II position effective Jan. 1 for a savings of $29,345.86 in fiscal year 2021;

• Approved Michael Shargo to continue assisting the technology department on an as needed basis at $30 per hour not to exceed 30 additional days;

• Set the next meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 16.


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