FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Board of Education Monday created a finance committee.

Heather Darnold, school treasurer, explained to the board that a finance committee’s main goal is to oversee the district’s financial interests and operations. This is typically done to help oversee big projects such as buying buildings or overseeing large scale projects. The committee can also help with the 5-year forecast.

The district doesn’t have policies in place for a finance committee and the board will have to adopt one. But Darnold explained that typically, based on discussions with other school districts, the committee consists of the superintendent, treasurer, two board members, and a representative from a local bank.

Superintendent Susan Hayward, Darnold and board members Candi Gallagher and Charles Streby, will make up the finance committee, along with, if needed, a representative from First-Knox National Bank. More discussion is needed to determine how often and when the committee will meet.

The board was also given a brief presentation from Mark Bobo, the Membership Retention and Engagement Consultant from the Ohio School Board Association. Bobo presented the board with the new Visionary Initiative for Strategic Action.

“We’re literally governing ourselves with the strategies that are located in the pamphlet,” Bobo said.

The pamphlet covers topics like governance, public relations, student achievements and best practices, a total of 30 strategies that will help make a difference on behalf of board members. He encouraged the board members to look it over and tell the association if the board members don’t think they are moving in the right direction.

Bobo also extended thanks to the board members for their hard work and dedication to the school since January is school board appreciation month.

“I want to thank you personally for your teamwork and dedication,” Bobo said.

The board also:

•Elected Gallagher as president of the board and Todd McClay as vice president.

•Accepted a generous donation from Country Manufacturing of $4,000 to foodservice for unpaid lunch fees, along with donations from Psi Iota Xi of $90 to the Music Department and $235 to Elementary Art.

•Passed a resolution opposing the State of Ohio EdChoice Scholarship (Voucher) Program.

•Passed various organizational resolutions, including setting the board meetings to the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

•Approved various personnel and contracts.


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