Alumni seek Spartans to join revived group
By Denise Dick
The association hopes a graduate from every decade will join an alumni council.
BOARDMAN — If you bleed Spartan maroon and want to reconnect with old classmates, there’s a new organization that can help.
The newly revived Boardman Alumni Association is looking for Boardman High School alumni who want to be involved.
“It’s been about 18 months in the working,” said Cheryl (Cailor) Tarantino, association president.
A former alumni association was active until about five years ago, but went dormant when interest faded, members of the revived group said.
Tarantino saw a need to provide an avenue for alumni to reconnect with one another as well as a way to distribute information about goings-on in the district.
“We’re looking for help in three areas,” said Tarantino, a 1982 graduate.
The association wants a representative for every decade to sit on an alumni council to help plan and direct activities. The council would meet twice per year.
“If more than one person per decade wants to be involved, we’re not limiting it — the more, the merrier,” Tarantino said.
The group also wants reunion contacts to collaborate in searching for alumni.
Though many classes host reunions, there’s no list of those in charge. The association wants to develop one. Boardman alumni reach around the country, and the new association hopes to develop a better way to reach them.
The third area where BAA wants assistance concerns donations to help defray the cost of start-up expenses for the Web site and legal documents. Checks should be made payable to the Boardman Alumni Association.
The group’s Web site is www.boardmanalumni.org. Anyone who wants to help may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glenn Garwig, assistant high school principal who serves as the high school staff adviser to the association, said the Web site will provide a venue to share information among people and about the district.
It’s more efficient and less expensive than sending letters to people, the assistant principal said.
Tarantino said the site also will provide e-mail addresses of alumni who provide them so that people can get and keep in touch with former classmates. The e-mail addresses are organized by class.
The mission and goals of the association will be determined by the people who get involved, Tarantino said. There’s a possibility of providing scholarships or helping the school district if the alumni council decides to pursue that.
Though schools Superintendent Frank Lazzeri has been supportive of the effort, the alumni association is separate from the school district, its president said.