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January 2022 Board of Education summary

The January 13 Ada Board of Education meeting included the 161st annual reorganization meeting and a regular meeting with reports from the high school and elementary school principals, as well as the treasurer and superintendent.

The public packet of agenda and financial reports are attached to this article: agendas, financials part 1, financials part 2.

The board established roles and dates for the upcoming year:

  • Ted Griffith was sworn in as a new board member
  • Amy Mullins was elected as board president
  • Matt Gossman was elected as board vice-president
  • Meetings will take place at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Board of Education office, 725 W. North Ave.
  • The Treasurer and Superintendent were authorized to act on specified financial matters on behalf of the school district.

Among new business, the board:

  • Established a board service fund of $6,000
  • Designated the Kenton Times as the official newspaper of record
  • Established a fee of .05 cents per page for copies of meeting and other documents of public record
  • Authorized the Superintendent to accept resignations when the board is not in session
  • Approved Pepple and Waggoner, Ltd. as the board’s legal firm


In the Regular January meeting, the board:

  • Offered a period for the hearing of the public and visitors. 
  • Heard reports from the principals.
    • Dan Lee, Middle School-High School Principal reported on activities including participation in a robotics tournament and the presentation by a college graduate panel.
    • Tim Closson, Elementary School Principal reported on activities including Memory Books orders, Bulldog Backpack program continuation, online Kindergarten registration and Caps for Cancer program.
  • Approved the January Treasurer’s report, which included an investment summary, disposal of assets, fund transfers, and the quarterly report ending December 31, 2021.
  • Approved recommendations by Superintendent Robin VanBuskirk, including:
    • Substitute teachers Miranda Wammers, Grant Smith, Jennifer Miller; substitute cafeteria worker Amy Shelden; substitute cafeteria worker/educational aide Nicolle Grindell
    • Stipends of $1,250 each for co-head bus drivers Jean Conley and Sharon Shaw
    • Supplemental contracts for track coaches: Terry Craig, $2,755; Steve Johnson, $2,470; Kim Simon $$2,660

The next meeting of the board of education will take place at 6 p.m. on February 17, 2022.

Note: The Ada Schools website has been updated to reflect the 2022 board membership:

Ron Fleming, [email protected]

Matt Gossman, [email protected]

Ted Griffith

Amy Mullins, [email protected]

Steve Ramey