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Newly elected Highland school board members sworn in

1/16/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Scott Kriska

Shown from left are the members of the Highland Local Schools Board of Education at the Jan. 13 meeting: (front row) Chris Wolny, Diane Thomas and Robert Kelly; and (back row) Dr. Norman Christopher and Mike Houska.
Photo: Scott Kriska
The Highland Local Schools Board of Education held an organizational meeting Jan. 13, following by a regular meeting.

Treasurer Neil Barnes swore in re-elected members Mike Houska and Diane Thomas and newly elected member Chris Wolny.

The board agreed to keep Dr. Norman Christopher as president and Robert Kelly as vice president. Both then took their oaths of office.

Wolny was appointed to serve as Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) legislative liaison for 2014, Dr. Christopher was appointed to serve as OSBA student achievement liaison and Thomas was appointed to serve as board liaison to the Highland Foundation.

Superintendent Catherine Aukerman expressed her appreciation to the board members for their service and leadership in light of School Board Recognition month. She handed out certificates to all of the board members.

Aukerman also welcomed Highland High School’s visitors from Guangzhou, China. She said the visitors, 15 students and five adults, would arrive the morning of Jan. 14.

Also at the meeting, the board approved the following:

  • membership in OSBA for the 2014 calendar year;
  • the purchase of performance bonds for the treasurer, superintendent and board president in the amount of $50,000 each through the OSBA Bond Program;
  • the appointment of the law firms of Britton Smith Peters & Kalail; McGown & Markling Co.; Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP; and Squire Sanders as legal counsel for the 2014-15 school year;
  • a suggested schedule of board meetings for the 2014 calendar year;
  • the authorization of the treasurer to apply to the Medina County Auditor’s Office for tax advancements as available throughout the calendar year;
  • the appointment of the treasurer to serve as the designee of the members of the Board of Education for public records training;
  • the establishment of a service fund in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 3315.15;
  • the amendment of fiscal year 2014 appropriations;
  • the fiscal year 2015 alternative tax budget;
  • the rejection of all bids received for buses on Jan. 6 and the authorization of the treasurer to rebid for buses in accordance with the bus specifications approved at the last meeting;
  • changes to the 2014-15 Highland High School program of studies;
  • a resolution for payment in lieu of transportation for seven students;
  • the use of school facilities and waiving of associated fees for various functions; and
  • the amended 2013-14 Medina County Educational Service Center Agreement.

The next Highland Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Road.

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