BOARDS OF EDUCATION
Highlights of Wednesday's meetings:
* Accepted the consolidated local plan that allows the use of $412,223 in federal funds. The money will be used during fiscal 2002 for disadvantaged students, professional development, drug-free schools and class-size reduction.
* Accepted a $5,000 donation from General Motors Corp. for the district's robotics team.
* Approved a revised contract with Trumbull County Educational Services Center of $321,240 for fiscal 2002. Superintendent Joseph Shoaf said most of the money is used to transport special education students.
* Presented a 1944 high school diploma to John Zubyk of Niles. Zubyk joined the Army during World War II before graduating and served in the infantry in Europe.
* Received a letter from the Trumbull County Chapter of the American Red Cross thanking Joseph Naples, high school social studies teacher, and his students. They collected $1,137 in pennies for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
* Hired Agostino Ragazzino as girls soccer coach for the 2002-2003 school year. He has been assistant soccer coach.
* Accepted the resignation of Molly Rafferty as junior high school cheerleading adviser at the end of the school year. She is moving to Georgia.
* Recognized students Jamie Miller Leile, eighth grade, and Kyle McCracken and Justin Leo, both sophomores, for assisting children in the city basketball program.
* Heard Shoaf announced that school cancellations because of weather will be posted on the district Web site at http://ghs.girard.k12.oh.us/GCS/
* Mayor Hank Angelo is urging all residents who were not counted during the 2000 census to come forward. The city challenged the U.S. Census Bureau's findings that fell short of the 50,000 mark, saying some residents weren't counted, including inmates at Trumbull Correctional Institution. Despite the appeal, the bureau says Warren's population is 48,224. Notices will go out in residents' water bills, asking them to contact the city if they weren't counted.
* Law Director Greg Hicks presented Auditor David Griffing with a $26,000 check recovered from funds that turned up missing at the city water department during a state performance audit last year. The audit accused Debra Dunewood, the department's former head cashier, of mishandling money.
* Council authorized the city to enter into contracts for management of the Franklin Street parking deck and enforcement of parking in the business district.