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Board of Ed approves plan B

March 29, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Boardman Board of Education approved the personnel cuts that will be a part of the district's plan should the upcoming $4.9 million levy fail to pass on May 8. Should it pass, those cuts would not take place this fall.

"We are looking at 13 positions," said Superintendent Tim Saxton. "That would save us close to half a million dollars."

At the elementary level, art and music will be dropped and the two teachers involved will be eliminated.

At Boardman Center Middle School, the tech teacher and one of two art teachers will be cut from the staff. Saxton said the art program would continue in a smaller form.

"We have two art teachers at BCMS," he said. "We would lose one, so there still would be limited art classes."

At Glenwood, five teacher positions would be eliminated. On the chopping block would be teachers in health, art, math, science, and social studies. Saxton said it does not mean the courses would be cut, it would require restructuring the full team model and some class offerings would no longer be available.

In the high school, three positions will be affected, including teachers in foods, physical education and science classes.

The final position of the 13 proposed to be eliminated will be the district communications coordinator.

The board members unanimously approved the plan, but were hoping it won't have to be initiated.

"We had overwhelming support last week," said board President Jeffrey Barone. "It is our job to deliver the value proposition. If we do, we will be successful on May 8."

On top of the 13 positions being eliminated, Plan B also includes doubling the sport fee to $100 in high school and $50 in junior high. Also on the chopping block would be all of the student cleaning force. Saxton said the district hires high school and college students to assist the cleaning staff. The program helps the students through college. If they are cut, it will put extra pressure of the full time staff.

In other business:

The board approved the Sally Carlson Memorial Scholarship and approved opening an investment account with Red Tree Investment Group for a $500,000 deposit from funds that were willed to the district to be used only for scholarships.

Saxton reported the Project Mayhem concert was a sell out and he said the talent of the students performing at the event was "amazing."

Board member and legislative liaison John Fryda reported that Ohio House Bill 58, if passed, will require students to learn cursive writing by the fifth grade.



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