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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.

School Board meets January 13

The Board of Education of the Ada Exempted Village Schools has announced a reorganization meeting and regular meeting for 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Board Members are:

Matt Gossman, President Pro Tem

Amy Mullins

Ronald Fleming

Steve Ramey

Ted Griffith

Meetings are held in the board room at 725 West North Avenue, Ada, Ohio 45810. 

School bus cameras see results

Ada Exempted Village Schools buses are now equipped with cameras to monitor the behaviour of other drivers. In November, Transportation and Maintenance Supervisor  Tim Garmon reported that in the first 18 days, 9 citations were issued for drivers running the red flashing lights that indicate traffic must stop. On January 4 he told the Icon that these violations have been greatly reduced.

Apollo Career Center report to Ada Schools

Apollo Career Center Superintendent Keith Horner attended the December 16 Ada Board of Education meeting and presented an update including the documents attached to this article.

There are currently 27 Ada students enrolled at the career center at 3325 Shawnee Rd. Lima, which serves eleven high schools. Ada students are participating in Automotive Technology, Building and Renovations, Career Exploration, Carpentry, Construction Equipment Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Fire/EMS Technology, Health Science, Sports Fitness and Exercise Science, and Welding and Fabrication programs. 

Board of Ed Dec. 16 meeting summary, documents

At the December 16 meeting of the Ada School Board, the five board members heard reports from Apollo Career Center Superintendent Keith Horner (to be covered in a separate article) and from Ada Schools staff members, as well as approved recommendations from the superintendent, Robin VanBuskirik.

A packet including the agenda, minutes of November meeting submitted for approval and other documents are attached.

H.S. Principal Dan Lee noted that weight room upgrades will be made over the holiday break.

Thaxton thanked, Closson hired at Ada Schools meeting

At the December 16 Board of Education meeting, the Ada Schools accepted the resignation of elementary principal Ben Thaxton and hired Tim Closson as an interim replacement beginning after the holidays.

Thaxton has accepted the position of Executive Director at the Northwest Ohio Area Computer Services Cooperative (NOACSC). He thanked the board for allowing him to end his contract and noted that he will “always be a Bulldog.”