Canney selected to fill Geib’s seat on London school board

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Melissa Canney
Melissa Canney

(Posted April 24, 2015)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The London school board appointed Melissa Canney to fill Dr. Martha Geib’s seat on the board through the end of this year.

Geib, a six-year member of the school board, passed away unexpectedly on April 5. Her board term expires on Dec. 31, 2017.

Anyone interesting in serving the last two years of the term must run in the Nov. 3 election. Candidate petition forms for the fall election are due to the Madison County Board of Elections by Aug. 5. For more information, call the elections board at (740) 852-9424.

Canney, executive director of the Madison County Health Partners Free Clinic, previously served as a London school board member for nearly 11 years. She finished her last term in 2013.

Bond refinancing

The district is refinancing its remaining debt on construction of the elementary school. Kristine Blind, treasurer, said interest rates are much lower now than when the bonds were passed in 2001 to build the school.

“This is great news,” Blind said, explaining that less interest owed means less burden on taxpayers.

The district owes $11.5 million on the project. Blind estimates that with refinancing, the district will save $1 million in interest.

Kindergarten registration

The district held registration for next year’s kindergarteners April 14-17. Carol Daniels, London Elementary principal, reported that only 70 children were registered during that time. She expects next year’s class to be somewhat the same size as this year’s class, which was 200.

Daniels said she doesn’t know why many parents wait until much later to register their children. The delay makes it difficult to plan for staffing and classroom preparation, she said.

Curtis Brooks, school board member, suggested the district offer an incentive, such as tickets to a home football game, to parents who sign up their kindergarteners during the April registration period. Marvin Homan, board president, asked if the school calls families they know have kindergarten-age children.

Daniels said she has tried a variety of tactics, from holding the sign-ups at different locations and times to offering ice cream and school supply packs as incentives. At least five times each spring, she sends information about registration home with students who have siblings who will be kindergarteners.

A possible solution is to put part or all of the process online.

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