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School board approves open enrollment policy

Recognizes four students for achievements

March 24, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Poland Board of Education approved the district's open enrollment policy, denying applications submitted by students from other school districts unless they pay a tuition fee.

Poland Local School Superintendent at Monday's school board meeting said the board approves the same policy on an annual basis.

He said while the district doesn't allow open enrollment students, it accepts tuition students. Meaning, he said, an outside student's family must pay the $8,000 tuition fee per year to attend Poland schools.

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Town Crier / J.T. Whitehouse
Poland Seminary High School senior Jeffrey Vrabel Jr. and junior Marik Rogenski were recognized at the March 20 Poland Board of Education meeting. Rogenski will attend Buckeye Boys State in June with fellow junior Michael Izenour, not pictured. Vrabel will be recognized at the United Veterans Council of Greater Youngstown’s annual Recognition and Awards Banquet Friday as the organization’s Youth of the Year.

The board also recognized four high school students and their recent achievements.

Members honored senior Jeffrey Vrabel Jr. and juniors Michael Izenour, Marik Rogenski and Christopher Ciavarella.

"We commend [these students] for their exceptional achievements and honors," board President James Lavorini said.

Vrabel will be honored Friday by the United Veterans Council of Youngstown as its Youth of the Year during the 76th annual Recognition and Awards Banquet at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Center in Austintown.

Izenour and Rogenski were named as delegates to this year's American Legion Buckeye Boys State in June. They will travel to the campus of Bowling Green State University, where they will spend a week in one of the largest hands-on workshop that focuses on the principles and organization of Ohio government.

Founded in 1936, Buckeye Boys State is the largest Boys State program in the nation. Boys earn the right to attend through the local American Legion. At Boys State, they will form counties, villages, townships, state and federal government agencies. Delegates can campaign for elected positions and in the process, learn how government works from all levels. The program is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Ohio's top young men.

Poland junior Christopher Ciavarelli was selected as an alternate in case one of the delegates can't attend the program.

On a different matter, the board unanimously approved the district's open enrollment policy, denying applications submitted by students from other school districts unless tuition is paid.

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