CENTERBURG — New school board member Colby Clippinger and the re-elected Lynn McCann took the oath of office Monday as the Centerburg Board of Education reorganized for 2012.
McCann was elected president of the board for 2012 and Jason Rogers will serve as vice president as well as Knox County Career Center observer. Leroy Bumpus continues as legislative liaison, and Dennis Sykes will represent the school district to the Central Ohio Joint Recreation District.
The new board then honored the 2011 Centerburg football team for achieving a team GPA of 3.1 and thus receiving Academic Honorable Mention All Ohio from the Ohio High School Football Association. Seniors Jacob Sutton, Caleb White and Logan McGovern were also recognized for being named Academic All-State for Football. Sutton earned additional accolades for being named the National Football Foundation Mid-Buckeye Conference Scholar Athlete, the sole player in the league to receive that honor.
Treasurer Ellen Scott told the News on Tuesday the rest of the meeting was largely routine.
Besides approving standard annual actions and authorizations, the board accepted the following donations: A Gun 8000 Shooting Machine for the school basketball program from the Centerburg Athletic Boosters; a framed print depicting Knox County from Gene and Deb Jackson; 12 United States flags and $308.28 from Amvets Post 59; and a 9 1/2 foot artificial Christmas tree from Walmart. The board also renewed membership in the Metropolitan Educational Council; approved a contract with Step by Step Academy for services for a student as required by federal law; approved a family medical leave of absence for Connie Ross effective Jan. 3 through Jan. 19; and employed Clay Tocheff as a long-term Spanish substitute, retroactive to Dec. 1, 2011.
Regular school board meetings in 2012 will be held in the administration building on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. A board work session will be held at 5 p.m. on Feb. 23.