On the record


WHAT: City council meeting Dec. 19

PRESENT: Bonnie Viele, Bill Williams, Robin Zambrini, Michael Mogg, Jerome Crowe, Michael Kerr, Ryan Hallapy, Cathy Cummings and Mayor Ben Kyle


• Appointed Erin Burns as a citizen representative from the city to the Eagle Joint Fire District Board effective Jan 1. Hubbard Township and city alternate on having representatives from their communities on the fire board. One year the city has two representatives and the township one representative and then reverses the next year;

• Approved the purchase of a 2023 Freightliner Model can and chassis at $93,400 for the street department through the state purchasing program;

• Scheduled a public hearing on a zone change from general commercial to general industrial for property off West Liberty Street owned by PNM Development Group LLC on Feb. 6;

• Set the organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 3.

• Bob Coupland

On the record


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Kim Smrek, Kathy Mock, Fred Marcum, Harold Porter and Don Sherwood

The board:

l Accepted $10,645 in donations, including $3,000 from Mike and Kelly Phillips to the Austintown Orchestra Program, and $5,945 from Cream Turkey Fundraiser to go toward reducing student meal debt;

l Accepted the retirements of Barbara Tomic, an Austintown Middle School teacher, effective Aug. 1 after 40 years of service; Susan Hogan, a speech and language arts pathologist, effective Aug. 31 after 15 years of service; Andrew Overman, a bus driver, effective at the end of the current school year, after 15 years of service; David Laurie, maintenance, effective Jan. 1 after 30 years of service; and Connie Cercone, a paraprofessional, effective at the end of the school year after 30 years of service;

• Approved Lynn Mickey as the Fitch Spirit Club adviser;

• Approved Terrence Patterson as the head boys and girls swim coach at Fitch High School, Nathaniel Armstrong as the assistant boys track coach at AMS and Jeffrey Gessler as assistant girls track coach;

• Approved the Ohio School Board Association annual membership dues at a rate of $7,530 for the 2023 calendar year;

• Approved a contract with TEMA Roofing Services of Girard to install a canopy roof over the entrance of Fitch to complete the front entrance project, in the amount of $44,000;

l Approved the early graduation of Cameron Smith from Fitch so he can enroll early at Iowa State to play football.

• Emily Scott


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Wednesday

PRESENT: Joseph Cappuzzello, Jody Klase, Jessica Krumpak, Donna Shields and John Saganich

The board:

• Approved a resolution to appoint Thomas Hart as the TCTC representative for McDonald Local Schools for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1;

• Approved $4,085 in donations from five different donors;

• Authorized the purchase of $31,850 worth of musical instruments for the Roosevelt Elementary music program;

• Approved a contract with TK Elevator Corporation for elevator maintenance at McDonald High School and Roosevelt Elementary for a 60-month period, at a cost of $185 per month;

• Approved Brian Bosheff as the seventh-grade girls basketball coach, Brian Kubala as the assistant baseball coach and Mike Floravito as the volunteer assistant baseball coach for the 2022-23 school year;

• Approved a third change order for the athletic complex project in the amount of $1,500 for sanitary sewer installation;

• Approved a contract with A&G Builders for new lockers to be built within the training center at the new athletic complex, in the amount of $17,750 for two locker rooms.

• Emily Scott

On the record


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Monday

PRESENT: Shawn Chrystal, Diana DeVito, David Malone and Kara Morgan

ABSENT: Christopher Brookbank

The board:

• Approved Mazza Heating and Cooling of Girard at $60,175 to replace the rooftop air conditioning unit. Work will be done before summer 2023. Officials said the work includes replacing the failing air units and two evaporator coils. The units have exceeded their mechanical life and are leaking fluid. Parts and supplies to support the units are unavailable. One unit has been hand wired and requires access to the roof to turn on and off. The air conditioning units will be replaced at the Commons Library, EJ Blott office, W. S. Guy office, and high school wrestling room and two evaporator coils at the Commons Library;

• Approved additional pay increases to William Dawson, maintenance coordinator, of $8,000 and Deborah Minnitti, transportation coordinator, of $10,000 for supplemental positions effective May 23, 2023, due to additional assignments and responsibilities;

• Accepted a $1,000 donation from McDonald’s on Belmont Avenue to thank high school students for the McDonald’s mural;

• Announced the senior citizen holiday dinner will be 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the high school for Liberty residents.


WHAT: Board of Education meeting Nov. 17

PRESENT: Diane Alejars, Sue Ellen Davis, Mark Zuppo, Vincent Ragozine and Joseph Datchuk

The board:

• Accepted the retirement resignation of Theresa Stiver, superintendent’s secretary, effective Dec. 1 after eight years of service; retirement resignation of Denise Sybelnik as teacher at Girard Intermediate School effective June 1 after 20 years; and retirement resignation of Deborah Howells, custodial grounds at Girard Intermediate School, effective Jan. 1 after 3.5 years;

• Accepted resignations of teacher Dan Nagle effective Nov. 17 and Edward Thomas, skilled maintenance, effective Dec. 31;

• Approved Brandon Snyder as assistant robotics coach;

• Hired Lisa Jarrett as kindergarten teacher, Noelle Coggins as sixth-grade teacher and Anthony Graziano as sixth-grade teacher, all as long-term substitutes for remainder of the school year;

• Approved the senior class trip to Cedar Point in May;

• Rescheduled the next meeting to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

• Bob Coupland


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