School board: Too impractical to transport parochial kids

Staff report


The city school board has declared it impractical to transport 41 parochial school students and offered payment instead.

Fifteen of those students attend Cardinal Mooney High School and 26 attend St. Rose School in Girard.

The payments offered to the students amount to about $200 per student per year. In late October, the school board declared it impractical to transport five other Mooney students, and also offered them payment instead.

Students can accept the payment or request mediation through the Ohio Department of Education.

The reason for the “impracticality of transporting such students is the number of students to be transported, and the cost of providing transportation in terms of equipment, maintenance, personnel and administration,” the resolution says.

In other business, the board also transferred $283,430 from a school-building-assistance fund to the Rayen Stadium Capital Project Fund. The state has told the district to close out the school-building-assistance fund so the money must be transferred to another fund, Treasurer William Johnson told board members.

A committee, led by Jim Tressel, former Youngstown State University and Ohio State University football coach, and the Rev. Dr. Lewis Macklin of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, is raising money to renovate Rayen Stadium.

About $1.6 million has been raised of the $3 million goal. The committee plans to have the stadium ready for next fall’s football season.

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