Buckeye Local deals with personnel matters

BOARD MEETING — Buckeye Local School District Superintendent Kim Leonard reads over the agenda during the Sept. 18 board of education meeting. — Dylan McKenzie

DILLONVALE — Approval of several teachers, aides and athletic coaches for the 2017-18 school year was among items the Buckeye Local School District Board of Education discussed on Sept. 18.

The board approved several resolutions to accept contracts and employment for various personnel within the district. Among the employees approved were Elizabeth Altieri as a teacher for North Elementary; Beth Kovalski and Mary Close as educational aides for the School of Bright Promise; and Ashley Krzys as a bus driver for the district.

The board also approved Amanda Polanski as ninth-grade volleyball coach, Amanda Whittaker as assistant cheerleading adviser, Lisa DiBias as assistant volleyball coach, Joe Soos as head volleyball coach and head boys basketball coach, Sam Jokovich as the eighth-grade assistant football coach and Gary Dulkowski as the seventh-grade basketball coach.

Andy Long was approved as the assistant athletic director for the high school, Stacey Soos as assistant band director, Jim Berze as assistant golf coach, Christine DeFede as assistant high school girls basketball coach, Bob Fetty as seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball coach and Jennifer Panepucci as junior high student council adviser.

The board also approved resignations for several posts, including Tricia Zaccagnini as assistant cheerleading adviser and Kelly Wilson as foreign language adviser. The board also accepted the resignation of longtime bus driver Robert Blazeski, effective Oct. 25.

Superintendent Kim Leonard thanked Blazeski for his years of employment at Buckeye Local, saying he would be missed.

“He’s to be commended for his years of service,” Leonard said. “We wish him nothing but the best going forward.”

The board spent two hours behind closed doors in executive session discussing personnel, but no action was taken after members returned to open session.

Board member April Ogden also commended the recent program at Buckeye Local High School that allowed students to purchase and paint their parking spots for the year, saying that it has been “a great success” so far, and Zaccagnini and Principal Coy Sudvary should be proud of their contributions.

The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the administrative offices in Dillonvale.