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CARROLLTON – With three board members present, the Carrollton Exempted Village School District board of education approved a one-sentence agenda item that allows armed staff in the school safety zone.
The sentence read: “That the board resolve to allow selected and trained armed staff in school safety zone as presented.”
The issue was on the agenda at the February board meeting, but was tabled. It was not listed on the agenda publicized prior to the March 14 meeting, but listed on an addendum to the agenda handed out at Tuesday’s meeting.
“I spoke to the sheriff and police chief. I wanted to make sure we were on the same page. We discussed training that will take place with these individuals. I will work closely with the police on this matter. When it’s time to select, I will ask the sheriff and police chief to be involved with that process. I have other items I want to look at too. What qualifications for those to go to the three-day training?” said Superintendent Dave Quattrochi.
Quattrochi criticized an article and headline in The Free Press Standard (FPS) following the February meeting which stated the board was considering having trained, armed staff at the schools.
“This shouldn’t be headlines. This is a safety plan used to keep our student safe. Many schools have done this,” continued Quattrochi.
Last month the Free Press asked Quattrochi who suggested the resolution, when was it suggested, when was it discussed, who will make these decisions, is there an application, does the person have to have a concealed carry permit, when will it go in effect, and for what period of time will the permit be approved?
The questions were not answered at the February meeting and were not answered again at the March meeting.
Quattrochi said it is not a matter of public record, it is a school safety issue, and no further information will be provided.
Board members Eric Roberts and Helen Skinner were not present at the meeting. Board president Rose Seck, Michael Pozderac, and Wendy Gotschall voted in favor of the resolution.
The true story of a real fake “Catch Me If You Can”, the Carrollton High School spring musical, will be held March 23-25 at 7 p.m. in Bell-Herron Middle School.
Tickets are $5 presale or $8 at the door. For tickets, call Mindy Domer at 330-627-8228 or email Alzana Nuzzolillo at email@example.com or visit the Fine Arts room in the high school.
Based on the hit film, the true story is a high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abagnale, Jr., portrayed by Kody Bennett, runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, doctor and a lawyer-living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, portrayed by Robert Husted, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.
Edison High School is set to undergo further improvements after the school board approved a Cleveland-based firm for the project.
During a special meeting March 9, the Edison Local Board of Education named the Brewer-Garrett Company as the design-and-build firm and approved a contract to complete the estimated $2.8 million upgrade at the high school.
Plans include renovating classrooms and installing an HVAC unit to heat and cool the building. Superintendent Bill Beattie said funding is derived from the district’s 2-mill, five-year emergency renewal levy that voters approved in 2014 and work will get under way shortly.
Classrooms on all three floors of the original high school building, which was formed in 1939, will receive new drywall, drop ceilings, LED lighting, and paint while the HVAC system will operate throughout the structure, with the exception of the kitchen, gym and band room.
“The HVAC work will start in the next four to six weeks and is set to be completed in October,” Beattie explained. “If funding is available, the plan is to run the HVAC and classroom renovations simultaneously. If the funds are not available the classrooms will be done by August of 2018.”
Six Carrollton High School students have qualified for the 2017 Ohio High School Speech League’s (OHSSL) state finals to represent Carrollton High School and the Canton District, according to Alzana Nuzzolillo, CHS speech team advisor.
Celia Meek, the sophomore daughter of Shane and Anitra Meek, qualified in Dramatic Interpretation.
Emma Lane, the sophomore daughter of Nate and Janice Lane, qualified in Program Oral Interpretation.
Grace Barnhart, freshman daughter of Vonda Barnhart, Jared DeGarmo, sophomore son of Rebecca Everhart, Brooke Geis, sophomore daughter of Jason and CJ Geis, and Desarae Gorney, junior daughter of Wayne and Teresa Gorney, all qualified to compete in Congressional Debate.
Earning a place as second alternates to the OHSSL state finals were sophomores Ashlee Copeland and Sam Soisson in Duo Interpretation. The students will be accompanied by coaches Ron and Alzana Nuzzolillo and coach Brad Eick at Olmsted Falls High School in March.
Nuzzolillo said CHS continues to rank in the top 10% nationally while competing in the Eastern Ohio National Speech and Debate Association. Eastern Ohio ranks 8th in the nation as a district, she said.
CHS also has four students ranked in the top 50 in their category as students across the state prepare to attend the OHSSL state finals. They are Isaiah Meek, Celia Meek, Brooke Geis and Grace Barnhart.
MINERVA – The music of Ireland and Scotland, as well as Irish step dancing, return to the Roxy Theatre stage in Minerva March 25 at 7 p.m.
The Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce will offer an evening of Celtic music and dance, featuring tunes from traditional to contemporary performed on small pipes, Great Highland bagpipes, Uilleann pipes, flute, fiddle, penny whistle, guitar and vocals.
Performers will include 9-year-old Irish step dancer Teagan Murphy from the O’Hare School of Irish Dance, musicians Tom Freeland, Amy Hamilton Nezbeth, Conor Freeland, and Jim Graysmith. One String Short will play traditional Irish dance tunes from the 17th-19th centuries.
Refreshments, including Scottish shortbread, scones, and other Celtic treats, will be for sale.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit improvements and programming at the Roxy, which is located at 120 N. Market St.
For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Chamber at 330-868-7979 or e-mail denise.freeland@minervachamber. org.