Time was set aside at the Feb. 28 Board of Education meeting to honor the members of the Stadium Drive Elementary School Math 24 team.
The team had nine of its 11 members win medals at the Math 24 Challenge Jan. 24 at Campbell Elementary / Middle School.
"These students really brought honor, not only to Stadium Drive, but to the whole Boardman School District," Stadium Drive Principal Michael Zoccali said. "They really knocked it out of the park."
The team consisted of Mike Demetrios; Abbi Mihok; Ava Freeborough; Sarah Land, who placed fourth overall; Marissa Funk; Ivan Rudiak; Mason Nawrocki; Caitlin Lehnerd; Marissa Marino, who placed third; Ava Commons who placed second; and Kosta Cvercko. The team was coached by Stadium Drive fourth-grade math teacher Nadia Jacobs.
Zoccali said at the Math 24 competition, students are given cards with a set of numbers on them. Using various math equations, they then have to come up with the number 24. The challenge is done in tournament style, and this year's competition included 200 students in fourth to eighths grades.
Each student present at the meeting received a certificate of recognition for their achievements at the tournament and received personal congratulations from school board members.
On a different matter, the board approved the purchase of 10 2018 72-passenger Blue Bird buses from Cardinal Bus Sales and Service Inc. of Lima. The cost of each bus is $84,916 for a total of $849,160, minus $25,000 for trade-ins.
"We will purchase two buses and lease to purchase eight buses with a five-year lease agreement," Superintendent Tim Saxton said. "This is a cost-effective way to maintain the fleet."
In other business, the following donations were accepted by the board:
- A donation of $7,430 to Boardman schools from The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. This donation will be used for the Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence 2016-17 teacher grant recipients;
- A donation of $150 to Boardman High School from Bills Lawn Care & Landscape LLC, which will be used for items as rewards for the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports S.H.I.E.L.D. program;
- A donation of $750 to Glenwood Junior High from the Boardman-Poland Junior Women's League. This donation was deposited into the Boardman Glenwood Junior High School Pupil Support Fund and will be used to sponsor two students on the Washington, D.C., field trip;
- A donation of $250 to Glenwood Junior High from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66, which was deposited into the Boardman Glenwood Makers / Donations Activities Account;
- A donation of $50 to Glenwood Junior High from Boardman FOP. This donation will be deposited into the Boardman Glenwood Makers / Donations Activities Account;
- A donation of $2,500 to Stadium Drive Elementary from Ron Gallo of the Arby's Foundation. This donation will be used to support a science presentation from the Carnegie Science Center as well as an investment in new Chromebooks;
- A donation of $2,310 to Stadium Drive Elementary from the Junior Tae Kwon Do School, which will be deposited in the pupil support fund and used at the discretion of the building principal;
- A donation of $300 to food services from an anonymous donor, with $200 going to West Boulevard Elementary School and $100 going to Market Street Elementary School. This donation will help defray the debt incurred at each school for those students with outstanding balances on their lunch accounts.