Leetonia football going to Stambaugh Stadium

LEETONIA — While high school principal Troy Radinsky was updating the school board on the beginning of the school year, he noted the message on the back of this year’s band shirt, which touched on enjoying all of the little moments. Through the first few weeks of the school year, Radinsky is very pleased with how the students, faculty and district have positively responded to the changes.

“With all of the adversity, questions and anxiety heading into the school year, I can stand here and say without question that I couldn’t be prouder of everyone,” Radinsky said.

The football team will have another chance to make memories, as they have the opportunity of playing against East Palestine at Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium on Friday.

The Bears are 4-0 for the first time since 1999, and Radinsky added that all athletes and band members have gotten off to a good start and have done a good job in representing the district. Superintendent Dennis Dunham also updated the board with some good news regarding athletic tickets during Tuesday’s meeting.

After Dunham wrote a letter to the county health commissioner Wes Vins, the department of health has approved additional tickets to be sold for fall sports. Initially, the district was only allocating 302 tickets for soccer and football. On Tuesday, the board approved the addition of 75 tickets per game.

“It doesn’t sound like a lot, but 75 tickets to our seniors and family members will go a long way,” Dunham said.

For the 7 p.m. game Friday at YSU, Leetonia and East Palestine will be able to sell a combined 1,500 tickets. Bob Hendricks picked up the rental fee for the stadium after donating $3,000 to the football athletic fund.

“It’s a good stage and an opportunity for some relatives and loved ones who haven’t had the opportunity to get here to watch a game,” Dunham said.

In other news, the board accepted donations of $5,682.45 from the First Methodist Church of Leetonia for the nurse supplemental fund, $200 from Humtown Products for the stadium project, $200 from John Woods and daughters for the Woods Family Scholarship fund, $250 from an anonymous donor for the football athletic fund and $150 from the Perkins-Tortora Scholarship to Terry Tortora.

The board also approved an updated calendar for the 2020-21 school year. The calendar changes Oct. 23 and Nov. 30 to ‘no school’ days for both students and staff. The staff was on schedule to work 186 days, while their contracts are for 184 days. The two days, which were not instructional days for students, will be taken off by everyone. It does not affect instructional days for students.

Additionally, the board approved the supplemental contracts of Marcia Duko as junior high winter game manager, Marsha Coffee as high school detention monitor, Grant Hurless as junior varsity basketball coach and Molly Coffee as academic challenge coach and resident educator mentor.

The board will meet again at 6 p.m. Oct. 27.


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