MOUNT VERNON — Richard McLarnan was again elected president when the Knox County Educational Service Center board reorganized for 2012 on Wednesday. Ruby Miller is once again the vice president. McLarnan will also continue to serve as legislative liaison.
The board approved routine annual actions and established that regular board meetings in 2012 will be held in the ESC board room at noon on the second Wednesday of each month.
McLarnan said the legislature has passed two bills pertaining to dyslexia. One, HB 157, authorizes educational service centers to provide teacher professional development on dyslexia. The other, HB 96, designated dyslexia as a specific learning disability and will create a pilot project to provide early screening and intervention services for children with dyslexia. The governor recently signed both bills.
Moving on to regular monthly business, the board approved a service agreement with Mount Vernon City Schools for the services of an occupational therapist, and subsequently hired Trea Will to serve in that position, retroactive to Jan. 3. The board also added to the substitute teacher and teacher aide lists, and approved Janet Beal, Ronald Hostetler and Robert Wood as bus drivers for Clear Fork Local Schools, pending proper certification and clean background checks.
In addition to taking routine annual fiscal actions, the board accepted the donation of $500 from the Gay Street United Methodist Church women to the preschool scholarship fund and revised the special education contract with East Knox Local Schools. It renewed membership in the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio School Boards Association and the Metropolitan Education Council and approved insurance rates effective Feb. 1. Treasurer Heather Darnold said the employee rates will remain the same while the ESC’s contributions will decrease slightly under the new premium schedule.
No further action was taken.