Coaching position draws crowd of applicants to Lisbon

LISBON — More than 30 people think they have what it takes to be the Lisbon Blue Devils’ new head varsity football coach.

It was announced during the Thursday school board meeting that the position has attracted 36 outside applicants.

The position was first posted internally but no one applied, Superintendent Joseph Siefke said.

Applications were taken through Friday, and Siefke said he hopes to have a new coach named at next month’s board meeting.

The position became available after Jim Tsilimos stepped down recently. During his 25 years as coach Tsilimos saw the team to six league titles, eight state playoffs and a state championship and became the winningest coach in school history this past season.

High school principal Keith Edenfield said there are a number of “high quality” applicants.

In other athletic matters, athletic director Kyle Bing told the board that he has found a company that could replace the aging scoreboard at no cost to the district.

The current scoreboard is 22 years old and Bing said that Slam Dunk Sports Marketing is offering a 10-year contract that would include a 60/40 percent split of the sponsorship proceeds after the first few years.

He said the $40,000 sign will cost nothing for the district and the company will be responsible for finding sponsorships for the sign that will feature LED lighting.

The scoreboard will be roughly the same size as the existing one but updated, Bing said.

Siefke said the matter is only in the discussion stages at this point, but expects a decision by February.

In other business, the board approved:

— Accepting and appropriating $616,249 in federal grants.

— Establishing committee members for finance, facilities, educational study, legislative/policy and athletics/supplemental committees.

— Setting the minimum wage at $8.30 per hour.

— Spring sports supplemental contracts for Mary Matthews, girls track assistant; Dave Tolson, girls softball assistant; and Ryan Snyder, boys baseball assistant; T.K. Hiscox as softball volunteer (Hiscox abstained from the vote); Katy Crimson as softball volunteer; George Summers, Charles Bell and Jamie Entrikin as baseball volunteers; and Joe Morenz as high school and junior high track volunteer.

— The fifth grade outdoor education field trip to Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer in Fombell, Pa., May 7-9.

— Appointing board member Gary Peruchetti as the Lisbon representative to the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center for a three-year term from January 2018 through December 2020.

— Accepting the resignation of Kristen Strong, food service personnel, for personal reasons.

— Accepting a grant of $975 from Salem Regional Medical Center to Laurie Sauerwein through the CASH coalition to help with fourth and fifth grade self-esteem and martial arts.

— Accepting a donation from Daniel and Pamela Susany in the amount of $134 to help offset negative lunch accounts.

— Accepting a donation from Heather Mason, AGACNP-BP, LLC, in the amount of $1,000, with $900 to help offset the cost of negative lunch accounts and $100 for kindergarten supplies.

— Blair Ferry as classified substitute cafeteria, custodian, secretary and aide, and Shawn Viets as classified custodian.

— A supplemental contract for Rich Joy as assistant boys track coach.

— Appointing Gene Gallo as president of the board and T.K. Hiscox as vice-president during the reorganizational meeting before the regular meeting.

The next meeting was set for 5 p.m. Feb. 8.