By Melanie Yingst
TROY — Troy City Schools welcomed Ginny Beamish to the board of education on Monday.
Beamish was the successful write-in candidate for the open seat on the board, which was vacated by William Lutz.
Beamish said she had always wanted to serve on a board of education after 35 years as a teacher at Overfield Early Childhood Program, Troy City Schools at the elementary level and a teacher at the Upper Valley JVS, now called the Upper Valley Career Center.
Beamish said she is looking forward to serving on the board and learning more about public education’s finance structure.
Joyce Reives and Stephen Lucas also took their oaths for their consecutive terms on the board.
Stephen Lucas was nominated as president and Dave Heffner was tapped as vice-president of the board of education. Heffner was not present at the meeting Monday.
The board will continue to meet at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month with the exception of the month of November. The board will meet on Nov. 17, 2014.
The board of education will serve on the following committees: Athletic Council: Dave Heffner and Stephen Lucas; City Recreation Board: Tom Dunn (former superintendent of TCS; term will expire in 2016) and Dave Heffner; Troy-Hayner Cultural Center: Ginny Beamish; MDECA: Stephen Lucas; OSBA Legislative Liaison: Doug Trostle; Upper Valley Career Center: Joyce Reives and Doug Trostle.
Superintendent Eric Herman honored the board members as part of the annual School Board Recognition Month. Herman said board members put in a lot of hours “behind the scenes” to make the right decisions for Troy City Schools.
“We very much appreciate what you do,” said Herman, noting Troy City Schools was “blessed” to have an active board over the years.
Director of curriculum and instruction Michael Moore reported more changes in the federal education program Race to the Top. Moore said the program has eased deadlines, giving districts like Troy City Schools, more time to implement changes made with the RttT funds.
Moore also said the district was gearing up for the second round of Ohio Teacher Evaluations. The district is also working with the program Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to move testing from paper and pencil to online testing. According to the PARCC website, in August 2010, Ohio became one of twelve states to win the Race to the Top competition. The state joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as a Participating State in the spring of 2010 and helped shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation assessment system. It became a PARCC Governing State in November 2011.
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Herman recognized the efforts of Michael Walters, the district’s maintenance employee for his work keeping up the district’s aging heating systems, especially this winter’s cold snap.
Herman said Walters always responds quickly to the building’s needs at any time of the day or night and keeps the district’s boilers systems running “extremely well.”
“It’s people like Tytus Jacobs (district’s director of facilities and maintenance) and Mike that are out there getting things done,” Herman said. “Things just don’t happen by accident.”
Walters thanked Herman and the board for their time to recognize his efforts. Walters has worked for the district for 26 years.
“The district does a nice job with a budget to maintain the buildings and they make sure we have the tools to work on stuff,” Walters said.
President Stephen Lucas said its employees like Walters who “take the initiative and keeps the district moving forward.”
Board member Doug Trostle also said he appreciated the time and work ethic of both Jacobs and Walters as well.
The board will meet Jan. 21 for a work session.
For more information, visit www.troy.k12.oh.us.