TROY — Troy City Schools Board of Education tapped Doug Trostle to lead the board in 2016.
Troy resident Michael Ham took his first oath of office and was sworn in alongside president Trostle and board member Tom Kleptz. Several former teachers and well wishers came to the meeting and congratulated Ham after he was sworn-in.
Joyce Reives will serve as vice president for 2016.
The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month with the exception of the November meeting.
In other board news, the board approved a lease agreement with the Future Begins Today organization. The three-year lease begins on Feb. 1 through Jan. 31, 2019, at the 305 Staunton Road property. The term of the lease includes the organization paying $0 per month. The organization is responsible for all utilities during the lease agreement. Board members Ginny Beamish and Michael Ham abstained from the vote due to their service on the non-profit organization’s board.
Superintendent Eric Herman presented each board member with a certificate of appreciation in honor of School Board Recognition Month.
“School boards are involved in a lot of things and issues with the schools. They don’t get a whole lot of thanks and when things get ugly they get a lot of finger pointing,” Herman said. “The one thing about Troy that is very, very different … is the way our board works. Our board is here strictly to promote our schools. There are no agendas when they come to the meetings. They just do what they need to do to make it better for our kids. That’s impressive.”
Herman also reported to the board about the district’s upcoming 5.8-mill levy renewal on the March 15 ballot.
“It’s coming up. It’s a 5.8-mill renewal. It’s been renewed several times. There’s no increase in taxes. There’s no new money — it’s just a renewal,” Herman said.
Herman said he will represent the board at the Meet the Candidate’s Night forum to answer questions about the levy.
Herman also reported the changes to the high school valedictorian/salutatorian process due to the state’s College Credit Plus program. Herman said the grades and formula being used to select the top of the class will not be perfect, but hopes to implement the formula for next year’s freshmen class. Herman said next month he would have a proposal for the upcoming changes.
Herman also said the state report cards should be released in the upcoming weeks. The report card results show Ohio students scored lower than prior performances due to the changes in the testing, Herman said. Herman said in some areas Troy’s scores will appear lower, although it was due to the difficulty of the more advance tests compared to other states. Herman said the district’s top students fared scored higher than in years prior on this year’s state tests.
The board approved the following appointments to various committees: Athletic Council — Michael Ham and Tom Kleptz; Capital Improvement Committee — Ginny Beamish and Michael Ham; City Recreation Board — Tom Dunn (term to expire 2016) and Eric Herman; Hayner Board — Ginny Beamish; Lincoln Center Board — Eric Herman; MDECA/META — Tom Kleptz; OSBA Legislative Liaison — Joyce Reives; Upper Valley Career Center — Joyce Reives and Doug Trostle; Building/Facility Review — former board member David Heffner and Michael Ham; and Troy Foundation Selection Committee — Craig Wise.
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