BOARDS OF EDUCATION
UDiscussed the possibility of installing an all-purpose floor in the elementary school gym.
UDiscussed costs to install security cameras in all school buildings. The board noted there are some security cameras in Edison School, which has helped reduce vandalism by about 80 percent.
UAnnounced that Stevenson School and Brookfield Elementary are sponsoring their annual spring fund-raisers. Prize baskets will be on display in the schools Monday to March 13.
UKindergarten registration for the 2002-2003 school year was announced for March 5 and 6.
UAnnounced the high school's spring play will be performed Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
UHigh school parent/teacher conferences were announced for next Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and March 5 from 3 to 6 p.m.
UA parent, Linda Blackstone, complained to the board Tuesday that student fees are too high, saying the fees of her two children, one in 7th grade and one in 10th grade, come to $103 this year, up from $50 last year. She noted that some items aren't even used. As an example, she held up "Science World," which cost $10, which she said is put on a back shelf for those who might want to use it.
UPrincipal Dave Wilson explained that he had gone over fees with the teachers before school started to make sure they would charge only for things they really needed and used. He said that although Blackstone stated that one English teacher scarcely used the language arts workbook, the other English teacher used it a lot. Wilson said the board will consider shaving costs next year.
UHonored fifth-grade teachers Linda Ference and Judy Gaughan and third-grade teacher Kathy Russo, who have taught at Southington 30 years and who will retire at the end of this school year.
UHonored students who participated in the regional Scholastic Art & amp; Writing Awards: Devin Smith, Lauren Shaffer and Samantha Mowrer, Golden Key Awards; Clint Elston, Guner Houser and Dara Dykes, Silver Key Awards and Josh Gillium, honorable mention.
UApproved the calendar for next school year to begin Aug. 26 and end May 30.
UPassed a resolution declaring council's intention that no private commercial use of park lands be allowed.
UPassed a resolution authorizing Mayor Ralph A. Infante Jr. to file an application and to execute contracts through the state Issue 2 program for funding for the Heaton-North Road improvement project.
UObserved a moment of silence for Sam Natoli, service director, who died of cancer Monday. Several council members commented on the contributions Natoli, 61, made to the city during his 10 years in the job.
UMoved to third reading an ordinance creating a fund for waterlines and sidewalks on Marshall Road, from McDonald Avenue to the Girard viaduct. The sidewalk fund is at $235,000 and the waterline fund has $385,000. Robert O'Connell, village administrator, told council he expects work to begin this summer.
UAmended and moved to third reading the 2002 budget totaling $4,410,943. The amendment reflects an increase for the police clothing allowance previously approved.
UHired MS Consultants of Youngstown to provide engineering services as needed until Jan. 1.
UHeard Lisa Fronk of Parkside Place request enforcement of village leash laws. Fronk said dogs have confronted her three times in the past two months. Mayor James Border said that police would watch for loose dogs and that he will inform the animal welfare organization of the problem.
UApproved buying two garage doors for the fire station and four door openers from Omega Door Co. of Youngstown at a cost not to exceed $4,237.
UApproved using a speed checker on township roads to see how fast cars are going.
USet a meeting for 5 p.m. Wednesday to discuss a cable franchise contract with Time Warner.
USet a work session for 6:30 p.m. March 4.