Former member rejoins Mathews school board

VIENNA — Former board member Kenneth Wallace II has returned to the Mathews Board of Education to fill an opening.

Wallace, who was selected from 11 applicants, was approved at the June board meeting to fill the unexpired term of Thomas Gifford, who resigned earlier this month.

Board President Michele Garman said many qualified applicants were considered, but Wallace’s previous experience as a board member and knowledge of school operations were what the board wanted.

“We had great applicants. When I became a member of the board, Ken had just finished his term. We look forward to having him on the board and what he will be able to bring,” Garman said.

Wallace is a psychologist and clinical director with Comprehensive Children and Family Services. He also has volunteered with the Vienna Athletic Club as a coach, umpire and officer.

Garman said Wallace will serve on the board through December 2021 and if he wishes to continue, he will have to run in the November 2021 general election,

Garman said the group also appreciated all that Gifford did as a board member for about two-and-a-half years after winning the 2017 election. School board members serve four-year terms.

Other applicants were Cindy Viets, Brittany Nicolaou-Harrington, Kevin Heater, Gary Sweeney, John McDaniel, Terry Woodyard, Sharon Woodall, Rex Rager, La’Lanie Loy and John Hopkinson.

In other business, the board discussed plans for the 2020-21 school year.

Garman said the upcoming year will be discussed during an in-person meeting July 16 at the high school.

She said school officials are addressing plans to reopen the schools for the 2020-21 year in late August, but want to wait for guidelines from Gov. Mike DeWine

“The COVID has been a major concern for all schools,” she said.

The board approved establishing a blended learning model for the 2020-21 year that will provide students with a mix of supervised physical instruction and online learning.

Superintendent Russell McQuaide said nothing is official until guidelines come from the state, which could happen later this week.

“We may have to make some adjustments,” McQuaide said.

In other business, the board approved the expenditure of up to $6,000 to provide coursework for staff member James Parry at the University of Toledo. The courses will facilitate the implementation of a career-based intervention program for high school students.

This provides a local graduation seal requirement for students.

McQuaide said one seal is a community-involvement seal and another covers career-based learning.



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