City schools to be honored by Guard

WARREN – The Warren City School District is being recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for its support of reservists and national guardsmen during a banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, at the Dublin Crowne Plaza, 600 Metro Place, North Dublin.

The Above and Beyond Award is being presented to 30 organizations by ESGR State Committees to recognize their going beyond the legal requirements by providing their guard and reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits, such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits, and other similar benefits.

School board member Robert Faulkner and Jack Reppert, who made the nomination for the district, will attend the ceremony.

Reppert, 45, a technology teacher based out of McGuffey K-8, has been a soldier for 28 years and an employee of the Warren School District for 17 years. He was an active duty soldier and has worked in the U.S. Army.

“When I was deployed they kept my job available, made up the difference between military pay and the pay from my civilian job, and maintained my benefits,” said Reppert, a chief warrant officer.

Reppert was deployed for training for nearly three months and then sent to the Middle East for about nine months.

ESGR was established in 1972 in the Department of Defense to promote cooperation and understanding between Reservists and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.

It is supported by a network of more than 4,900 volunteers in 54 committees throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

East region employer award winners are: Gemco Aviation Services, Inc. of North Lima, VEC, Inc. of Girard, as well as Warren City Schools.