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Copley school board hires new football coach

3/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Scott Chouinard
Photo: Ariel Hakim
Scott Chouinard will be taking over as varsity head football coach for the Copley High School Indians, as the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education approved hiring the former Rough Rider at the board’s March 18 meeting.

Following the board’s approval of his hiring, Chouinard, along with wife, Sarah, and 16-month-old son, Carsten, were welcomed to the district by the board and Superintendent Brian Poe.

Poe also thanked the search committee, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Jim Borchik and Principal Matt Young for their work on the hiring process.

Chouinard comes to the district from Kent Roosevelt High School, where he spent four years as offensive coordinator and the past year as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, according to Poe.

“He’s done quite a bit of work with quarterbacks in his past, has a tremendous knowledge of x’s and o’s, but probably equally as important is his quality character,” said Poe.

Chouinard said he and his family currently live in Kent but are looking to relocate to the Copley-Fairlawn area.

He replaces Ron Viscounte, who became coach in 2007.

In other action at the meeting, the board approved using “blizzard bags” to make up some of the calamity days used this school year.

Poe noted the Ohio legislature has approved and is awaiting a signature from Gov. John Kasich to extend the five allotted calamity days.

“What the legislature has approved and sent off to the Governor’s Office is after you make up your four contingency days — which are days six, seven, eight and nine — the legislature will forgive four days past that,” Poe explained.

Since the district has used eight calamity days, Copley-Fairlawn City Schools will need to make up three, he said.

The plan is to use three blizzard bag days, or a series of online assignments, Poe said. The blizzard bags will be accessible through a web portal tomorrow, March 28, and distributed by hard copy to families who don’t have web access, and lessons will be due April 22, he added.

Also at the meeting, Poe noted “Ellen Foster,” by Kaye Gibbons, will be recommended for addition to the high school’s literature list at the board’s regular meeting next month. The book will be on display in the Board of Education office until then, he added.

In other business, the board accepted donations, including two computers and a docking station from the Copley Music Boosters and 10 5-gallon buckets each from Lowe’s and Home Depot home improvement stores for the Fort Island percussion ensemble; approved several overnight field trips for career-tech teams to attend competitions; and accepted the resignations of teachers Maria Donatelli Peterson, Seamus O’Hara and Allison Wehmann, effective at the end of the school year.

The board also recognized students of the month for February: Emily O’Connor for Arrowhead Primary School, Kayleigh Cremers for Fort Island Primary School, James Hrubik for Herberich Primary School, Ellie Habel for Copley-Fairlawn Middle School and Kerry Crowley for Copley High School.

The athlete of the month is Madison Myers, a junior swimmer.

The board will hold its next regular meeting April 16 at 6 p.m. in the Copley High School Conference Room, 3797 Ridgewood Road.

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