Back

School board introduces new employees
May 25, 2017

Share

Two key positions in the Austintown Local School District were officially filled at the May 16 school board meeting.

Candidates for operations and facilities supervisor and food service director were accepted and introduced to those in attendance.

Richard Zimmermann, who has volunteered for the past eight years to teach students how to build and program robots in the after-school robotics program, accepted the operations and facilities supervisor role.

He previously worked for Taylor Winfield Technologies as assistant manager of after market sales and had served on the Austintown Board of Education.

"I look forward to the future and working in the Austintown school system," Zimmermann said.

He will replace Mal Culp, who is officially retiring July 1. Culp, who served as a custodian in the district, moved up to operations and facilities director eight years ago. He was instrumental in the construction of Austintown Elementary and Austintown Intermediate school buildings. He said he plans to spend time working on his collector vehicles and with family.

Another department head who is leaving the district is Food Service Director Tascin Brooks. While it was not said what she will do after leaving, Brooks said she'll work close in her remaining months with Alexis Weber, who be her replacement.

Weber is a registered dietitian nutritionist as well as a licensed dietitian. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science in food and nutrition from Youngstown State University. She previously worked as regulatory compliance analyst for the J.M. Smucker Co. and is the owner of her own business, The Cake Baker, making specialty baked goods out of her home.

Weber officially filled the position Monday.

Both Weber and Zimmermann are Fitch graduates.

Brooks had one more duty at what was her last board meeting. She presented a plaque Fitch earned from the United State Department of Agriculture HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms, a voluntary certification initiative recognizing schools enrolled in Team Nutrition that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

Part of the district's success, she said, came from the summer meals and the Falcons Fueling Athletes, where sports students learn how to get better performance from eating right.

Brooks reported some statistics on the Austintown cafeteria staff's role and performance.

"We serve 3,000 meals each day," she said. "The average restaurant serves 600 per day."

She also mentioned the success of the breakfast program.

"Breakfast is the main meal of the day," Brooks said. "I encourage all students to come and eat breakfast [at the schools]."

Brooks also reported the food services would not have to make any cuts this year. She said the many grants the department received and working with YSU under an intern program has enabled the department to remain steady.

In other business:

Share

Regular Size The Town Crier