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  School Board Okays Up To $80,000 For One Autistic Child To Attend Class At Neurobehavioral Center In Twinsburg  
  Settlement Agreement Approved Over Issue Of Free Appropriate Public Education:   September 7, 2017 Edition  
     Meeting last week, the Boardman Board of Education approved a ‘settlement agreement’ mandating the system spend no more than $80,000 to provide ‘free appropriate public education’ for a single student with disabilities (autism) to attend the KidsLink Neurobehavioral Center in Twinsburg, Oh.
      The settlement agreement also calls for the Boardman Local Schools to provide the student free transportation to and from the neurobehavioral center.
      According to the agreement, the student’s parents claimed the Boardman Local Schools denied the student a free public education, and “the placement and services identified in the 2017-18 individual education plan for the child were inappropriate.”
      The local school district and the parents “reached the compromise agreement to avoid expense, inconvenience and potential acrimony of a due process hearing,” the agreement says.
      Supt. Tim Saxton indicated last week the Boardman Local School may be reimbursed for up to $40,000 of the expenses called for in the agreement.
      The agreement mandates the child’s parents “shall not file any special education due process hearing complaint, or a complaint with any state or federal agency, or court with regard to the student’s educational program for the 2017-18 school year (including the summer of 2018).”
      Under terms of the agreement, the child’s parents waived “any claims that have accrued, or may accrue...against the school board and all agents, officers and employees of the board, including but not limited to claims for education, special education, related services, transportation, tuition, room and board, reimbursement, compensatory education, damages, therapy, independent evaluations and attorney fees.”
      The agreement also prohibits discussion on the matter.
      “If asked about their dispute with the Boardman Local School District, parents shall respond only that is has been satisfactorily resolved.”
      In another matter at last week’s school board meeting, the Boardman Local School Board agreed to provide transportation for two students who reside in the Canfield Local School District to attend the Islamic Academy of Youngstown at 239 Trumbull Ave., Youngstown, Oh.
      Under the agreement, the Canfield system agreed to pay Boardman Local Schools $1000 for the cost of transportation.
      “These two students will be picked-up by a Boardman school bus and taken to West Blvd. Elementary School by 8:00 a.m. These students will then be picked-up by a different Boardman school bus and transported to the Islamic Academy by 8:40 a.m. In the afternoon, these two students will be picked-up at the Islamic Academy at 3:30 a.m. and taken directly home by 4:30 p.m.,” says the agreement.
      Acting upon the recommendation of Supt. Saxton, the school board approved an application to participate in federal and state free and reduced-price lunch and breakfast programs.
      That application says during the 2015-16 school year, Boardman Local Schools provided 167,451 free lunches, and 23,318 reduced-price lunches; or some 63 per cent of all lunches served.
      The board granted a one year, limited contract to Mrs. Jenna Hudock, as an art teacherat the high school. She replaces Michelle Leonti.
      Mrs. Jessica O’Halloran was granted a one year, limited contract as an intervention specialist at West Blvd. Elementary School replacing Mary Rowan.
      Any Pendleton was granted a one year, limited contract as a business teacher at Boardman High School replacing Laura Pfahler.
      Katie Sears was granted a one year, limited contract as an art teacher at Center Intermediater School, replacing Jenna Hudock.
      Awarded one year, limited contracts as classified employees were Katie Brown, food service server at Stadium Dr. Elementary School; Christina DiNapoli, superintendent/personnel administrative assistant; Michael Hardie, independent aide/computer-independent aide at West Blvd. Elementary School; Nicole Hively, enrollment/EMIS administrative assistant; Heather Oyler, independent aide/library at West Blvd. Elementary School; Elizabeth Reed, teacher aide at Glenwood Jr. High School; Armando ‘Nick’ Rucci, noontime monitor at West Blvd. Elementary School; and Danielle Yuhas, noontime monitor at Market St. Elementary School.
      Approved as off-staff volunteer coaches were Jen Kreps, high school girls volleyball; Zach Machuga, Gene Modarelli and Carmen Tarantino, high school football; and Lindsay Tokarsky, high school girls soccer.
      The school board accepted a $4000 donation from the Drug Education Officers of Mahoning Valley Inc. that will be used to support Boardman High School’s Yes Fest.
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