(Posted Jan. 15, 2020)
By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer
The London school board elected board officers for 2020 at their annual organizational meeting on Jan. 14.
Darryl Brown will continue to serve as president; this marks his fifth year in the role. Jonathan Stahl will continue to serve as vice president; this marks his third year in the position.
Stahl was born and raised in London. He graduated from the London City Schools and has served on the board for eight years. His children are enrolled in the district in second grade and fourth grade.
Brown is also a long-time London community member. He has lived in London for 27 years and served on the school board for the past seven years.
“It’s an honor to continue to serve,” Brown said.
During his time on the board, Brown has worked to improve the board’s financial situation, one of his proudest accomplishments, he said.
“Being a good steward of our taxpayers’ money while also creating opportunities for our students, that’s the key,” he said. “The best bang for our buck. I think we’ve been successful in doing that.”
Financial conservation is also a point of pride for Stahl. The board has worked to increase savings during his tenure.
Last year, the board approved cuts to the district’s budget to stave off deficit spending. The district’s financial situation is improving after the passage of the levy last year, Brown said.
“We’re on a good course. We’ve got a great staff,” he said. “I’m proud of the team that we’ve been able to assemble. We’ve really brought a lot of energy, a lot of great attitudes and folks that really want to make a difference here in our community.”
The board set their meeting dates for the year. Meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall at London High School. The one exception in 2020 is the July 9 meeting, which will take place at 7 a.m. in Room 222 at London Elementary. This year’s meeting dates are: Feb. 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 23, July 9, Aug. 4, Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.