Fagan unanimous choice for ’13 school board president
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Before business can begin at the start of any new year political subdivisions statewide must hold a statutory reorganization meeting to set rules of operation, select officers, appoint committee responsibilities and perform a host of other tasks to make it possible to move forward.
On Monday evening members of the Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education held their 2013 reorganization meeting. As their first order of business board members unanimously approved Allison Fagan as the 2013 board president, and Mindy Meyer as 2013 board vice president.
One major change board members decided on for the year ahead is to begin all board meetings at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m., with board meetings continuing on the second Monday of every month, except during November when the board meeting will be held on Monday, November 18, to accommodate the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) annual conference.
One other change was also approved. During the past year board of education meetings have been held at Big Walnut Middle School. Board members approved a motion to return board meetings to the Big Walnut High School Media Center, a.k.a. Library, beginning with the February 11 session and continuing through the remainder of the calendar year.
In other business, it was decided that board member Pam Lillie, Big Walnut’s 2012 board of education president, would remain the Board of Education’s representative on the Delaware Area Career Center Board of Education.
Lillie will also serve as the OSBA Legislative Liaison, serve on the Sunbury/Big Walnut Joint Venture Agreement Committee, serve as an alternate on the district’s Development Committee and represent the school district as Sunbury Village Liaison.
Fagan will be the school district’s liaison with Berkshire and Genoa townships and serve as the General Rosecrans Elementary and Hylen Souders Elementary liaison.
Meyer will be the OSBA Student Achievement Liaison, serve on the Action to Benefit Children (ABC) Committee, and liaison with Trenton Township and Big Walnut High School.
Board member Andy Wecker will be the Big Walnut Education Foundation Liaison, serve on the Development and Finance committees, be the board’s representative with Kingston and Porter townships, and represent the board as the Big Walnut Elementary School liaison.
Board member Verna Hines will serve on the Insurance Committee, the Sunbury Meadows Community Authority board, represent the board at Harlem Township and Village of Galena meetings, and liaise with Big Walnut Elementary School.
Big Walnut High School senior Nicole Meyer will remain seated as the student representative on the board of education through the remainder of the current school year.
Board members approved a series of statutory resolutions under one heading that allows school district treasurer Felicia Drummey and district superintendent Steve Mazzi to perform various routine duties, including paying bills and hiring personnel.
Board members also approved membership in the OSBA and the Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC).
Drummey said the OSBA and MEC are core organizations.
The OSBA unites the state’s boards of education and provides information, services, legal assistance fund and representation to member school districts. The OSBA’s 2013 membership dues will be an estimated $6,330.
The MEC is a purchasing consortium of school districts and related agencies that identifies, plans and provides its members services that can be more effectively achieved in a cooperative endeavor – such as natural gas and bus fuel purchasing. The 2013 MEC membership fee will be $1,190.75.