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On the record – Howland

WHAT: Board of Education Monday

PRESENT: Board members Julie Altawil, Brian Burkey, Denise Delida, Ken Jones and Wendy Miller, Superintendent Kevin Spicher and Treasurer Samantha Pochedly

The board:

• Set student meal prices for the 2022-23 school year at $3 for lunch for grades K-5, $3.50 for lunch for grades 6-12, $4.50 for adults, 40 cents for reduced lunch, $1.75 for elementary and middle school breakfast, $2.50 for adult breakfast, and 30 cents for reduced breakfast. Meal prices increased 15 to 50 cents, according to Pochedly;

• Set Jan. 3, March 9 and May 10, 2023, as state-mandated staff professional development days, with no school for students;

• Set the following fee schedule for the 2022-23 school year: $60 for high school, $100 for credit flex, $100 for scheduled credit recovery if not passed, $35 for middle school, $35 for elementary school and $30 for primary school. The middle school fees decreased from last year to align with the elementary fees, Spicher said;

• Approved a school-sponsored trip requested by the high school science club to the U.S. National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion, from June 25 to 30, 2023;

• Approved six students in the high school speech and debate team to travel June 12 to 17 to Louisville, Ky., for the 2022 National Speech and Debate Tournament;

• Approved the retirements of janitor Derward Allen, janitor Sally Schnaible and educational assistant Cathy Davis. Allen has been employed by Howland Schools since 1998, Schnaible since 1972 and Davis since1999;

• Issued a two-year contract to Michael J. Pollifrone, technology assistant;

• Issued one-year contracts to Michelle Kaszowski, three-hour cook / cashier and Kyle Watson, maintenance II;

• Approved Alexis Pope, Cara Higgins and Brynn Anstadt as substitute teachers for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year;

• Accepted the following donations: $1,581 from Howland PTO to help cover the costs of field trips at Howland Glen, $300 from First Baptist Church of Warren for the Paw Pantry, four boxes of Dilly Bars from Covelli Niles Dairy Queen to Howland Middle School, $1,005 of concession funds from the Howland Tiger Boosters to the high school drama club, $209 for flag football belts and $83 for two softball jerseys from the Howland Boosters, $100 gift card from the Eastwood Mall and Cafaro Company for Howland Middle School, $10 from Ohio Pyle Prints to Howland High School, and $200 from Howland Schools PTO, $100 from First Step Recovery of Warren, $75 from Howland Classroom Teachers’ Association, and $50 from both Howland Alarm Co and Gayton and Chris Williams for the Post Prom Project;

• Heard from Howland Springs Primary Principal Carl Clark that preschoolers and kindergarteners sold more than 24,000 pretzels and raised $12,000 for educational equipment from Clevertouch Technologies.

— Allie Vugrincic

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