Boardman Schools discuss realigning the district

Boardman Local Schools discuss realigning the district at a community meeting on Oct. 26.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – About 40 people attended a meeting at the Glenwood Middle School’s auditorium to discuss plans to make Glenwood Middle School open to seventh and eighth grades only, while making Center Middle School across from the Southern Park Mall for fifth and sixth graders.

If approved, the change would be effective next school year.

Boardman Local Schools Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said classes at Glenwood are 25 percent larger than those at Center, sparking discussions into rearranging the grade levels.

“It’s not fair to those children who are in the larger class sizes,” he said.

The middle school principals — Bart Smith and Randy Ebie — told the school board that they support the realignment.

“Schedules will work, transportation will work,” said Ebie. “What we have out there is a lot of misinformation, a lot of uncertainty, a lot of fear in the unknown.”

Among residents concerns was maintaining a quality music program. But should Glenwood become a junior high school building, the music program would actually be expanded.

There were no answers for athletics, though there was talk of either one or two football teams and possibly four basketball teams — two boys’ and two girls’ teams.

“You gotta look at these extra curriculars too, and are we going to be able to handle that kind of gym space?” a man in attendance asked.

A group of students from Glenwood Middle School also spoke out against realigning the district. They focused on tradition.

“Glenwood’s rival in sports is Center and visa versa. Besides Center, Glenwood doesn’t have any other big rivals,” Peters said.

There was also a large group of teachers at the meeting — some with questions — but none opposing the realignment.

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