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AIS students recognized as building leaders

December 5, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Nov. 28 Austintown Board of Education meeting, a group of students from each grade level at Austintown Intermediate School (AIS) were recognized for their leadership. The recognition came from building principal Angel Owens.

"These Falcon Leader award winners were selected because our teachers took the time to recognize leadership skills," Owens said. "At this age level, it is more about being good leaders of their selves."

She said the Falcon Leaders in Progress program started over the summer months as teachers met and discussed the program. The staff knew what to look for in a future leader by the time school began.

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AIS Falcon Leader in Progress awards went to fifth graders Kendra Hudak, Zachary Stipanovich, Karlee Channel, Annie Bada, Grace Caposell, Derek Tessean, Mia Foley, Gabriella Fisher, Caleb Atwell, Rami Mills, Jordan Perry, Nancy Rose Steele, Braden Balas, Cecil Haynes, Aubrie Oles, and Misty Bugno. Most of the recipients are pictured here with Superintendent Vince Colaluca, AIS Principal Angel Owens and Assistant Principal Timothy Pappagallo.

Owens said she expects to see good things grow from this group of students.

"Somewhere in these groups we have future valedictorians and speech team leaders," she said.

Also recognized at the board meeting were staff members of the month, that included Carli Cramer and Kathy Schmidt from AES, Brittney Inglis and Dana Kosco from AIS, Michelle Berich and Paulette Dockry from AMS, Jared Hubicsak and Margie Melfe from Fitch, and Debbie Mackey and Tammy Wilt from AELC.

In other business:

Approval was given for the 2019 Ohio School Safety Grant totaling $25,967.40, which can be used for training and educational resources related to school safety.

The board approved scrapping bus #56 at Metalico Youngstown, 100 Division Street, Youngstown, for an estimated scrap amount between $1,500 and $1,800.

Student trips were approved for the Ski Club to travel to Brandywine Ski Resort on Jan. 5, 12, 26, and Feb. 2; and for the Ski Club to attend a night ski event at Brandywine on Feb. 9.

The board approved the remodel of the Hartzell Track Pavilion and installation of new track record boards.

Approval was given for the marketing agreement between the school district and CCBCC Operations for product sale and distribution according to the agreement.

Donations were accepted as follows: $2,500 from Michael Baxter, HR Manager at Extrudex Aluminum Inc., to be split between the Fitch and AMS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs; $28, 617.12 from the estate of Mr. Donald Balser to be used for the Fitch High School Joseph E. Chepke Scholarship Fund; a photogenic lighting system (three lights, three stands, an 800 watt power supply and five light ration plugs) from Jeff and Lynn Mickey to go to the Fitch Art Department; and a camera platform from WKBN Television to be used for filming in the district's gymnasiums.

Approval was given to change the name of the Touchdown Club to Austintown Football Boosters.

The Board approved Dr. Christopher Raymond as team physician for the football and wrestling teams at a fee of $1.



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