Long serving board member named president in SWCS

By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

The South-Western City Schools Board of Education has selected a new president.

At its organizational meeting on Jan. 4, the board unanimously approved the nomination of Cathy Johnson to serve as its president and the nomination of Robert Ragland Sr. to serve as its vice-president. They will both serve one-year terms.

Since joining the board in 2002, Johnson has served as the president five times and the vice-president three times. Since joining the board in 2016, Ragland has served as the president in 2020 and the vice-president the previous year.

Both members said that they were grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve in the highest leadership roles.

“Thank you for allowing me to serve as president again this year,” Johnson remarked.

In addition to the selection of its president and vice president, the board also approved a fiscal action to set aside $35,000 from the general fund to establish a board service fund for fiscal year 2021-2022. Under the terms of the Ohio Revised Code, the fund can be used to pay expenses the board incurred in the performance of their duties or of their official representatives.

The board also adopted its 2021 meeting calendar. They will continue to meet virtually the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. until and unless noted otherwise. In observance of the Martin Luther King holiday on Jan. 18, the board will hold its regular meeting on Jan. 25.

To see a complete list of meeting dates, times, and virtual sign-up procedures, visit the district’s website at www.swcsd.us.

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