TROY — The Troy City School Board of Education accepted a “surprise” donation from the estate of Doris High on Monday.
Superintendent Eric Herman said he opened a letter from an attorney with a simple check enclosed. Herman said he then read the letter and took a closer look a the amount on the check for $150,000.
“I was like ‘Wow!’ Herman said. “Doris High left it in her will for $150,000 to Troy Schools for any graduating senior who is in need and is going into secondary education.”
Herman said the donation was “pretty incredible” and could only tie High to the school district by her residence in Troy and as a member of the Troy Senior Citizens.
“It’s amazing what the community does to support us,” said President Doug Trostle.
The board accepted the gift and then designated the donation to the Troy Foundation to invest the scholarship funds.
Treasurer Jeff Price explained the school district has limitations by Ohio Revised Code on how it can invest donations such as High’s, whereas the Troy Foundation has more options to grow gifts such as Doris High’s under its organization.
Other notable donations include Alan Good’s annual donation of $2,500 to the scholarship in his name and M.J. Stanislaw’s $1,000 donation to each elementary building’s principal’s fund for a total of $6,000. The district has received $362,380 since July 1 in donations.
The Troy Board of Education also signed a letter to send to state board members, state superintendents and legislators to emphasize local education decisions on Monday.
The letter states House Bill 487 has increased graduation requirements for students, which has “taken illogical political intrusion to a level heretofore unseen.”
“Given the damage this law is going to inflict on our students, for us to adopt our normal attitude of quiet compliance is unacceptable on all levels.”
The letter requests House Bill 487 be repealed and replaced “with a law that makes sense and takes the best interests of our students to heart.”
Board member Ginny Beamish said she didn’t know who authored the letter, but those who receive it should “have no doubt in their mind” the message it is sending to state officials.
The board approved the purchase of two 72-passenger school buses and one 65-passenger handicapped school bus from Cardinal Bus Sales. The district has not decided whether to trade a bus in due to limited spare buses. The cost of the bus purchases is approximately $270,000, according to Herman.
Board member Joyce Reives was not present at the meeting.