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Board of Ed hears basics of House Bill 776

December 26, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At a short end-of-the-year final Boardman Board of Education meeting, board members were given an update on HB 776 that is presently in committee at the Ohio House after being introduced in Nov. 26. The bill would require schools to deal with students who have peanut and other food allergies.

"It protects students with food allergies," said board member and legislative liaison John Fryda. "It will require training for educators and a listing of food allergies on the school web site."

He said the bill will require school districts to establish written policies to protect students with peanut and other food allergies. A second part of the bill will require training for staff in all grade levels K-12.

H.B. 776 was introduced in the House on Nov. 26. It went to committee on Dec. 11.

On a different issue, Superintendent Tim Saxton mentioned that indoor track will begin right after Christmas break. He said while it is not an OHSAA sanctioned sport, it does have a lot of participation and is a great way for students to stay in shape.

Coaches John Phillips and Rick Sypert sent the board a letter seeking approval to participate in the program for 2019. They will be joined by coaches John Pallini, Jason Armburger, Ashlee Frazzini, Scott Denham, and John Phillips Sr. who all serve as varsity track coaches for Boardman.

"Indoor track has allowed athletes the opportunity to train for the outdoor season with the ability to compete against athletes from across Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Canada at local meets," the coaches wrote. "Boardman athletes have advanced to state and national competition during the indoor season on a number of occasions in the past and several have gained the opportunity to compete at the college level based upon their performances during the winter."

The board approved the participation. Meets will take place at YSU.

In other action:

The following donations were accepted: Boardman High School: $100 from an anonymous donor and $100 from Mr. Robert W. Kale to be used for the Drama Guild. Boardman Schools Choir: $400 from Denise Sertich (Macy's) for the elementary chorus and eighth grade choir for their performance in the Believe campaign at the store. West Boulevard Elementary School: $197.69 from Robert Senn Photography for DASL Student/Staff and yearbook CD.

Jeff Barone was elected to serve as President Pro-Temp to open the January 2019 meeting.



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