EATON — The Preble County Educational Service Center Board of Education reviewed the most recently education-related election results during their meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
“I really appreciate seeing that. There was a lot of interest in Preble Shawnee and Twin Valley South,” board member Kevin Johnston said.
Other than those two schools, there was not much competition for local boards of education. Eaton Community Schools only had three open spots with three people running. For National Trail it was the same story. Tri-County North had two open spots and only two candidates running. For Preble County ESC, however, there were three open spots and only one candidate.
According to Shawn Hoff, Assistant to the Superintendent, that might be due to many not knowing the roles of the ESC and what they do for the county.
“So many times I hear, in the business community around here and especially with being involved in Rotary, what does the ESC do? We need to educate our community about it,” Hoff said. “So, at Rotary this week I presented the program for the week and talked about who we are as an ESC. I talked about what we do and what services we provide.
“I felt like that was an opportunity for us to educate the business community on what we do for schools.”
President Rhonda Schaar added, “When you look at some of these results, it is disheartening to see that there isn’t more activity and participation, but I’ve sat in many ball games where people complain about situations, but they don’t want to be part of the solution. That is disheartening.”
On a lighter note, Hoff shared with the board that he was able to get a grant for the ESC to receive vision screening equipment. There will, as part of the requirements to receive the grant, be training conducted for nursing and preschool staff on vision screenings.
“It is funded through a grant and as part of this training process those who attend will get $500 of vision screening equipment to do the screenings,” he said. “I put together a screening with this organization and we are inviting all of our Preble County nurses, preschool staff, Head Start staff, and Darke County preschool and nursing staff. That will be in January and it is free for all who want to attend.”
The Preble County ESC Board of Education will meet in December on the fourth Friday at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22.
Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH
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