Lisbon BOE grateful for community support

LISBON — The school board is continually amazed and appreciative of the community donations received in support of students.

The latest example occurred at this week’s board meeting when they accepted more tha $1,000 in donations to help pay the way for less fortunate students to attend an outdoor camp and a class trip to Canada.

Lisbon Ruritans, the Salem AMVETS, New Lisbon Presbyterian Church and local Kiwanis donated a combined $840 so seven McKinley Elementary School students can attend Camp Kon-O-Kwee, a YMCA camp in neighboring Beaver County, Pa. The costs for the three-days event is $120 per student, and the donations are used to pay the fee for those whose parents lack the money.

“We never turn anyone away for financial reasons,” said Principal Dan Kemats, and donations such as these help them do that.

These groups and others, as well as individuals, step up every year to help students in some way, with this just being the latest example. “These donations are very much appreciated,” he said.

The Lisbon Eagles also donated an undisclosed amount to help students in the Honors and Builders Club who could not afford to attend an upcoming trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Superintendent Joseph Siefke also thanked the donors. “We appreciate all the donations that allow our kids to go to camp and to participate in the Honors and Builders Club trip,” he said.

In other action, the board accepted the resignation of music director Scott Miller, who is leaving at the end of the school year to accept a two-year graduate teaching position at the University of Nevada in Reno, where he will assist with instrumental music program while working on a master’s degree in music in Wind Ban conducting.

Siefke said Miller will be on track to become a college band director.

“We wish him the best. He came in and certainly did a great job in the four years he was here,” he said.,

During the Student Spotlight portion of the meeting, sophomore Aaron Hinchliffe spoke about his recent trip to the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland after being chosen to job shadow employees there for a day. The job shadow program was open to Lisbon High School students in the gifted program, and Hinchliffe was the only one to apply.

Hinchliffe chose to job shadow people from the business end of NASA. “People think of NASA is engineers and astronauts, but I learned that is only half of it,” he said.

Hinchliffe, the son of William and Jody Hinchliffe, was one of 40 students from across the country selected to participate in the event and the first in school history.

The board also reappointed the following coaches for the upcoming fall season: Charles Bell, Jordan Wrask, Rich Joy, Dave Rankin and Bob Gessler as assistant varsity football coaches; Kyle Bing as 8th grade football coach; Jon Burnell as 7th grade football coach; Pamela Bricker as varsity assistant cheerleading coach; and Meredith Deichler as middle school cross country coach.

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