Lisbon BOE members recognized for service

LISBON — School Superintendent Joseph Siefke took time at this week’s school board meeting to recognize the five board members, including three who have a combined 66 years of experience.

The board consists of Marty Grimm, TK Hiscox, Jim Smith, Gene Gallo and Gary Peruchetti. Smith has served on the board for the past 20 years, while Gallo finished his 22nd year. Peruchetti is the elder statesman, with 24 years.

Siefke said it is almost unheard of to have three board members with more than 20 years of service, but he believes that has contributed mightily to the school district’s history of stability.

In other action, the board officially hired Matt Altomare as the new varsity football coach. He will be paid a combined $6,997 to coach and be in charge of the weightlifting program.

Altomare’s hiring was announced last week by the school district. He was head coach at Leetonia from 2007-14, with a 34-48 record. His stint there included an Inter-Tri-County League lower tier title in 2007 and playoff appearances in 2007 and 2008. Altomare chose not to reapply for a ninth season and has spent the past several seasons as defensive coordinator at Canfield and then Salem.

“We’re thrilled to hire Matt,” Siefke said.

Altomare, 43, was chosen from 27 applicants. “We’re glad to have him on board. The community is excited and the kids are excited,” said athletic director Kyle Bing.

He replaces Alan Mikovich, who stepped down after going 4-16 in two seasons, including 1-9 this past season.

The board also:

–Adopted the school calendar for the 2020-21 year. School begins on Aug. 24 and the last day of classes is May 21, 2021. Christmas break begins Dec. 19, with classes resuming on Jan. 4. Spring break is April 2-5.

–Hired Anna Doran, an LPN, to assist school nurse Kella Haren. Siefke said her hiring will allow them to have a nurse at either school all of the time.

“Kella could use the help … She can’t be in two places at once,” he said.

Doran will be paid $30,000 per school year, and the funding source is the new state wellness program.

–Accepted $760,915 in federal funding for various programs, which Siefke said represents about half of what they receive from the federal government. The other half will come before the board at the March meeting.

–Accepted the resignation of long-time elementary school instructional aide Patty Boyd, who quit to take a full-time job.