Leetonia board honors robotics team, county champs again

The Leetonia Robotics Club recently won the Columbiana County tournament and were honored by the school board this week. The team includes, from left, Cole Weekley, Luke Bingham, Brayden Yocum, Eli Duke, Emma Kemp, Jayden Herhold and advisor Michelle Long. (Submitted photo)

LEETONIA — The Leetonia school board Thursday night honored the district’s robotics team in its first full year of competition.

After winning the Columbiana County Robotics tournament last year, the program this year had two teams compete in several tournaments. Once again, the district had a team take first at the Columbiana County tournament at Crestview High School (qualifying and elimination rounds), finished 45th and 54th out of 118 teams in a tournament featuring 118 teams from several states at a tournament in Sandusky and nearly won the tournament at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, finishing two points from qualifying for the state tournament.

Schools Superintendent Rob Mehno said the team has also been recognized by the Columbiana County Business Advisory Board, SOD Center and Ventra Plastics in Salem, the latter of which will treat team members to lunch.

The team won the Columbiana County tournament last year.

In other business, the board approved the school calendar for 2019-2020, with the first day for students on Aug. 21, last day for students on May 28 and commencement on May 24.

The board also approved a memorandum of understanding with the Leetonia Education Association creating the supplemental positions of robotics coach for this year and assistant soccer coach for next school year. The assistant coach position is needed because the soccer team will return to a co-ed team, meaning one of the head coaches for boys and girls soccer will not be needed.

Also at the meeting the board granted supplemental coaching contracts for 2018-2019 to Michelle Long for robotics, Ryan Powell for varsity baseball assistant and Ron Toakam for junior high track; and for 2019-2020, Amanda Mayfield for varsity volleyball head and Shawn Yocum for soccer head.

Additionally the board accepted donations of $20 each from Tiffanie Hennard and Cathie McCoy for an elementary book donation and $40 from Diane Perkins for the Perkins-Tortora Scholarship Fund.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 26 in Room 20 of the K-12 Campus.