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  School Board, Teachers’ Union Agree On New, Two-Year Salary Increase  
  Cost Of Wage Increases Set At $156,223:   May 6, 2021 Edition  
     The Boardman Board of Education unanimously approved an amended contract with the Boardman Education Association at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 26. The amended contract allows for a wage increase following the teacher wage freeze agreed upon last year during the uncertainty of the pandemic.
      The future pay hikes come in tandem with a new health insurance package that will enable the district to see substantial savings in healthcare costs.
      Total cost of the wage increases is $156,223 for the two-year period of the contract, according to Boardman Local School Treasurer Terry Armstrong.
      The amended contract will take effect July 1, 2021 and run through June 30, 2023. It includes a 1.5 % pay raise next school year, and a 2% pay raise in the 2022-23 school year.
      “The pay increases for t...Read More >>
  Southern Park Mall Expands Hours, Welcomes Newest Retail Outlet  
  May 6, 2021 Edition  
     Southern Park Mall has expanded its hours of operation, effective May 1 to include Mondays thru Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and on Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Saturdays, Southern Park will remain open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      “Southern Park Mall’s newly expanded hours will allow guests more time to safely dine, shop and enjoy the town center. The town center looks forward to welcoming guests to Southern Park Mall and continuing to create safe, memorable experiences for the community,” said marketing director Christina Cleary.
      Last Saturday, Southern Park Mall cut the ribbons on its newest retail store, Macy’s Backstage, with the first 200 customers receiving a $10 giftcard. There was also a spin the wheel for free prizes like umbrellas, lip balm, hand sanitizer, water bottles and much more!
      Macy’s Backst...Read More >>
  OPINION  
  Our Great Boardman Police Department!:   April 29, 2021 Edition  
      Six decades ago, Boardman Township was beginning to change from a sleepy ‘bedroom’ community of Youngstown to the hub of retail activity in Mahoning County.
      With that transition, our local Boardman Township Police Department began to modernize its use of technology, and manpower was increased in an effort to deal with the changing times.
      Fast forward to today, and the admonitions of previous leadership at the Boardman Police Department rings clear---“We better be prepared for what’s coming.”
      Police in Boardman Township today deal with issues---time and time again---that police here rarely dealt with 60 years ago---particularly drug abuse and all the thefts and absurd behavior related to addiction; as well as addicts and drug dealers and other unsavory types of humanity who seem to come to Boardman Township hostelries. It seems more o...Read More >>
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