(Posted Nov. 20, 2015)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Matthew Congleton got a head start on his service as a new member of the London City Schools board of education, taking the oath of office on Nov. 17.
The board appointed Congleton to pick up where Melissa Canney left off. Canney announced her resignation in October. She was appointed to the board earlier this year following the death of Dr. Martha Geib. Congleton will fill the vacancy through the end of this year before starting the term to which he was elected in the Nov. 3 general election. That term runs from Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2017.
Congleton and his family have lived in London since 2007. He holds a degree in chemistry and works for the State of Ohio as a forensic scientist. His wife, Denise, teaches English Language Learners classes for the school district. The couple has two young children.
Other district news
• The board accepted the resignation of Adelle Faulkner, London Middle School principal, for the purposes of retirement. Her resignation becomes effective Jan. 29. Her service to the district spans two decades.
• The committee overseeing the project to install synthetic turf at the high school’s Bowlus Field is making progress. Marvin Homan, school board president and a member of the committee, said the group has already raised nearly $200,000. The estimated project cost is $600,000.
The committee received five proposals from synthetic turf vendors and began reviewing those proposals and meeting with vendors last week. The committee includes five school representatives and four community representatives. The goal is to have the turf installed in time for next fall’s sports season.
• The board approved the creation of a winter drum line and winter guard as a pilot program at the high school for the 2015-16 school year.
The next school board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8.