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Board of Ed puts hold on gym fee issue

July 10, 2017
Town Crier

The Austintown Board of Education decided to table a resolution that would require non-school sports teams to pay a fee for using the gymnasiums. It called for a $25-per-day fee to rent the gym.

"I ask the board to think about that [fee]," said AMS PTA President Lynn Mickey. "We have a lot of kids on free and reduced lunch programs and parents are strapped."

She said it would be adding a burden to parents who are already pinching pennies.

Among the handful of residents who spoke on the proposed resolution was Mike Palmer, who coaches two boys in a youth sports program. He said to participate in a tournament can cost a youth sport participant $140 each, per season. In many cases, parents are allowed to make payments to ease the burden.

"I understand the importance of feeder teams," Palmer said. "I am principal in a Liberty School and when we had financial problems, we knew the key was keep the best interest of the kids in mind. Schools want a strong bond in the community, and these [youth sports] are 100 percent Austintown kids."

Board President Alex Benyo replied, "The feeder groups are community groups. Things are tough and when you use school facilities there are costs involved. Basketball is just one sport, but this would affect the other youth team sports as well."

After hearing from the residents, Kathy Mock made a motion to table the resolution in favor of more discussion. The board unanimously agreed and the resolution was removed from the June 28 agenda.

On a different matter, the board approved the purchase of eight regular new school buses and two special education school buses after the completed bidding process from the Ohio School Board Association. The low bid of $84,744 per bus was accepted from Cardinal Bus Sales representing Blue Bird buses, and the two special ed buses' low bid was $85,719 through Myers Equipment representing Thomas buses. Superintendent Vince Colaluca said the buses are being purchased through funds coming from the sale of the old Fitch property on Mahoning Avenue.

In other business:

The board approved the reduction of one assistant principal in the district for the 2017-18 school year. Colaluca said the district is down 250 students for the coming school year and the adjustment was also made in the teaching staff.

Approval was given to accept Dean Dairy Products Co.'s low bid for dairy products and Russo's Pizza for pizza products in the coming school year.

 
 

 

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