Harrison Hills board prepares for new year

T-L Photo/DYLAN McKENZIE Harrison Hills City School District members Melvin Allen and Deborah Kenny look over agendas at Thursday’s organizational meeting. Kenny and Allen were voted in as board president and vice president respectively.

CADIZ — Members of the Harrison Hills City School District Board of Education prepared themselves for a new school year on Thursday.

The board held its organizational meeting on Thursday evening, making sure everything was in order for another year serving students and families in the district. The meeting began with board members Deborah Kenny, Melvin Allen and D. J. Watson being sworn in for another term of service. Following the swearing in, Kenny and Allen were nominated to serve as board president and vice president, respectively; the two were unanimously approved for the positions.

The board followed by approving the times for the regular monthly meetings. Currently meetings are held at 7 p.m. the last Thursday of the month. The board voted to change the meeting time to 6 p.m. for the winter months, October through March; for April through September, the meeting times will remain at 7 p.m. The board also voted to officially limit meeting times to three hours preventing them from running too late.

Also Thursday, the board established a service fund to pay for expenses board members may incur in fulfilling their duties and to pay for training and orientation associated with their positions.

Under Ohio Revised Code, the board can set set aside money from the general fund not exceeding $20,000. The board usually places the sum at $5,000, but this year decided to increase the fund to $10,000, to ensure they had room for any trainings or classes members need to attend.

“I don’t think we’ll come close to it, but it allows flexibility for trainings and such,” said Roxane Harding, treasurer for the board. Kenny also encouraged members to let her know if there were any trainings they wished to attend.

In other business, the board voted to authorize superintendent Dana Snider to employ necessary personnel, accept resignations of personnel and approve or disapprove the use of school facilities. The board also approved Kenny being appointed to the Belmont/Harrison Joint Vocation School District Board of Education, with her term ending on Jan. 1, 2021.

The Harrison Hills City School District Board of Education meets regularly at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month in the administration building.