UTICA — The spirit of giving was alive and palpable during the November meeting of the North Fork Local Schools board of education meeting Monday evening at Utica Elementary School. The district recognized and celebrated the work of staff and students during recent food and toy drives.

The Transportation Department hosted a food drive that collected over one ton of food items to the Utica Food Pantry, according to Superintendent Scott Hartley. The district website states that over 2,700 items were delivered to the food pantry.

“This was a wonderful example of employees helping our community,” Hartley shared with the News.

The board, along with Hartley, also extended a hearty thank you to Becky Green who organized the transportation food drive.

Hartley also highlighted the success of the Operation Christmas Child gift box drive through Utica Elementary School. He explained that the school, working with the Utica United Methodist Church, put together over 200 boxes for children around the world to help them celebrate the Christmas season.

The board also officially welcomed in new district Treasurer Kellie Breehl. Breehl was approved by the board during their special meeting Sept. 13, but was not included during the approved minutes from the Oct. 15 regular meeting. Breehl’s contract will be effective Oct. 1, 2018, through July 31, 2022.

In regular business, Jolene Miller was approved in a one-year contract as the district accountant/account clerk, effective Nov. 19; and a three-year natural gas sales and service agreement with Direct Energy as the lowest bidder was approved, effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2023.

Additionally, the district organizational meeting and regular meeting was set for Jan. 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Utica High School.

The next North Fork Local Schools board of education meeting will be Dec. 17 at Utica Middle School with a building tour and public discussion beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the board meeting beginning at 6 p.m.


Allison Glass: 740-397-5333 or allison@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @



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