MOUNT VERNON — Richard McLarnan and Ruby Miller were reelected as board president and vice president, respectively, when the Knox County Educational Service Center governing board met Wednesday. McLarnan will also continue to serve as legislative liaison, and treasurer Heather Darnold administered the oath of office to newly elected board members Vicki Bechtel and Donny Rogers.
With regard to education-related legislation in Ohio, McLarnan said, “We will just have to wait and see what’s going to happen.” He said a bill modifying some of the teacher evaluation requirements has passed the Senate and goes to the House of Representatives for committee hearings. House Bill 296 allows schools to stock epinephrine in case of a severe allergic reaction. It passed the House and goes to the Senate for hearings, as does HB 215 and HB 181. The House passed legislation, HB 215, that would authorize a school district to contract with a current or retired law enforcement officer to volunteer at a school in exchange for a tax credit for the service. The House, in December, passed HB 181, legislation which would prohibit the submission of a student’s personal identifiable information to the federal government without the direct authorization of the school board.
McLarnan said some other legislation introduced in 2013 is still pending, including: HB 193, which would revise high school diploma requirements; HB 334, which would allow a school district to expel a student based on actions or information that may endanger the health and safety of other students or school employees; HB 264, which would put significant mandates on schools serving students with diabetes; and HB 8, which deals with safety protocols and concealed carry.
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