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Summary of March 2023 school board meeting

At the Thursday, March 30 meeting of the Ada Board of Education, board members approved a motion to hire Dennis L. Recker as interim superintendent for a period of 11 months, from August 2023 to June 2024. The board also approved an earlier retirement date for Superintendent Robin Vanbuskirk of June 31, 2023. Therefore an appointment will be needed to cover the month of July 2023.

New hires for 2023-2024 also included Carrie Smith, 6th grade social studies and science teacher; and Zachary Dunn, high school chemistry and physics teacher.

In the New Business segment of the meeting, board members discussed the opportunity to join the Blanchard Valley Conference, their impressions of the March 6 community forum on this topic, and their perspectives on the issue. Board president Matt Gossman noted the lack of depth on Ada teams and said he felt Ada would be competitive in the BVC. Vice President Amy Mullins did not comment. Ron Fleming said he was leaning toward the change and noted that while football is seen as guiding this decision, soccer is becoming more popular and that children begin to play soccer at a very young age. Ted Griffith was disappointed that individual schools in the BVC had not reached out to Ada and said he was not ready to vote. Steve Ramey praised the way participants discussed the change and the public meeting and noted the risk of injury for younger football players.

Gossman called for the issue to be put on the April agenda.


Board of Education meeting to include BVC discussion, interim superintendent appointment and planning session

Planning session agenda is attached and listed below

On March 30 the Ada Exempted Village Schools Board of Education will hold a 5:00 p.m. meeting and (following a meal break) a planning session.

Regular meeting agenda (full agenda HERE)

Action items and reports for March 2023 Apollo Board of Ed

The Apollo Career Center board of education will hold a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on March 27. The complete agenda is attached HERE

This public meeting will be held in the Apollo board room, 3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima. 

In brief, the meeting will include board votes on:

- Treasurer's report

- Advance $25K into the Renovation House Project fund

Beyond the agenda: March 21 Ada Council Meeting

On March 21 the Village of Ada held two public meetings and committee meeting. The first was a public hearing inviting residents to comment on the Wilson Football Factory request to change three parcels at Highland and Liberty from residential to industrial zoning. There was no public comment.

March 21 council meeting agenda includes plans for chamber events

By Paula Scott

On the evening of Tuesday, March 21, the village will hold a 6:00 p.m. public hearing prior to the regular council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Village Council Chambers, 115 W. Buckeye. The hearing is for the purpose of considering a rezoning request by Wilson’s Sporting Goods for three parcels from R2 to I2.

CANCELLED: March 18 Neighborhood Revitalization meeting

The Neighborhood Revitalization meeting on March 18 at the Depot has been cancelled.

This event, the fourth public meeting for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant application, was to review cost estimates and determine priorites. It was also to be a meeting of the whole of the Village of Ada council.

Stay tuned for information on when the meeting will be rescheduled.