By Kalea Hall
The Poland board of education on Monday accepted the resignation of Irene Consiglio, a teacher charged with complicity to robbery and fleeing and eluding police in Boardman.
The Poland Middle School special-education teacher and track coach’s resignation is effective Oct. 31. She sent a letter Oct. 18 regarding her resignation to the superintendent of the school district as well as the school board.
“With the consent of the Board of Education, I hereby resign from my employment with the Poland Local School District Board of Education effective at the end of the day on Oct. 31, 2013 for personal reasons. In addition, I request to use sick leave during the month of October,” Consiglio wrote.
The 46-year-old Canfield woman was charged in early October, along with her husband, Frank, 45, also of Canfield, who was charged with robbery.
On Oct. 2, a 66-year-old Columbiana woman was about to get into her car parked outside The Sandwich Factory on Market Street when a man grabbed her purse and caused her to fall to the ground.
In her purse she had $900, checks made out to her and multiple credit and debit cards.
The man jumped into a gray Hyundai, which was quickly spotted by Boardman police on U.S. Route 224 after witnesses gave police the license number. Police pulled the car over.
As the police officer went to get out of his cruiser, the driver fled.
The car eventually was pulled over in the Blue Wolf Tavern Banquet Center parking lot on Lockwood Boulevard. As police stopped the car, the passenger jumped out and ran.
Police say Irene was driving the Hyundai used as the getaway car. She was arrested at the scene and sent to the Mahoning County jail.
Frank Consiglio was not apprehended until the day after the robbery.
Both Frank and Irene Consiglio’s charges were sent to the Mahoning County grand jury.
Irene has not been in the school since before the incident took place, and a substitute has been brought in to replace her, said Beau Weaver, president of the school board.
Both Weaver and Superintendent David Janofa declined to comment on the resignation.
Also at Monday’s meeting, the board passed a resolution to enter into a three-year agreement with the Poland Township board of trustees for the assignment of a school resource officer.
The district has not had a resource officer since a grant was lost five or six years ago, Police Chief Brian Goodin said. The township was denied a grant for a resource officer but decided it was best to go forth with an agreement with the school district.
Officer Steven Kent, who has been with the township for almost five years, will begin his duties Nov. 18. He will be there for safety and eventually for a diversion program.