On the record – Mathews

WHAT: Board of Education meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Beth Haddle, Ken Wallace, Michele Garman, Mark Haddle and Joel Polonus

The board:

• Approved placement of a renewal of the existing 2-mill tax levy for renovating, remodeling, furnishing and equipping school facilities and improving sites. Treasurer Brad Panak said the levy generates $357,000 annually and, with a renewal, there is no increase in taxes. He said the owner of $150,000 home pays $91.50 per year;

• Announced the district is looking to organize a 20- to 25-member strategic planning team with the first meeting set for Aug. 9. The committee will address future plans for the district;

• Approved continuing the contract for Deborah Marquette as payroll clerk at $22 per hour, effective July 1;

• Approved Bonnie Bock as part-time EMIS coordinator at 80 hours maximum per month and $26 per hour plus a technology stipend of $200 for internet connectivity because she will work remotely and provide her own computer. Bock also was approved on an as-needed basis in accounts payable at $26 per hour in the event Marquette is absent;

• Approved Michael Palumbo as dean of students for sixth to 12th grades at $6,500;

• Approved a one-year change in compensation of the athletic director and assistant athletic director. Palumbo, athletic director, will be paid $5,413, and Jeffrey Parent, assistant athletic director, $10,149;

• Approved a three-year contract for Chuck Pulice, maintenance / transportation supervisor at $50,000;

• Approved an expenditure of up to $6,651 to provide coursework for Vance Lawman at Youngstown State University for the College-Credit Plus program for college English;

• Approved lunch price changes: middle and high school from $2.75 to $3; Baker School from $2.50 to $2.75; Currie School from $2.25 to $2.50; and adult lunch from $3.25 to $3.75 Breakfast for students stays at $1.25;

• Remembered Mary Rappach, a long-serving board member who died recently.

— Bob Coupland


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