David Miller was elected as the president of the Miami Trace Board of Education for 2016 at Tuesday’s organizational meeting and Rob Dawson was elected as the vice president.
After Miller and Dawson were nominated and elected unanimously by their fellow board members, Miller thanked Bruce Kirkpatrick, who served as board president in 2015, for his leadership. “I want to thank you for your dedication and leadership,” said Miller. “We were able to accomplish a lot under your leadership, including the passage of a levy for a new high school.”
The 3.9-mill, 37-year bond issue for a new high school passed at the May special election. The new high school, which will be located on a nearly 60-acre piece of farmland to the east of the football stadium, will replace the existing high school that opened in 1962. The current goal is to open the facility to students by January 2019.
“Student achievement and providing an excellent education are always our primary goals,” said Miller, talking about the board’s objectives in 2016. “And of course, we’re making good progress in the process of building a new high school. It’s an exciting time in the district.”
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Kirkpatrick and Charlie Andrews were sworn in by Miami Trace Treasurer Debbie Black to serve another term on the Board of Education. Both won another term at the November general election.
In other business:
– The December 2015 financial reports were approved by the board.
– The board approved the renewal of the annual membership with the Fayette County Farm Bureau at a cost of $85.
– The board approved the 2016 membership to the Ohio School Boards Association in the amount of $5,954.
– The board approved all three of the Jan. 29 Waiver Day agendas as presented.
The next board meeting is a district strategy session to be held on Feb. 8 at 8 a.m. at the Miami Trace Board Office.
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