Sheri Spahn of London was one of four individuals recognized as an Outstanding Friend of Public Education at the Ohio School Boards Association’s Central Region fall conference.
In their nomination letter, the London school board noted that Spahn has taken on leadership roles and responsibilities for volunteer organizations in the district for many years.
"Sheri’s commitment to supporting the district is evidenced by her unwavering efforts to pass levies within the district," they wrote. Spahn was co-chairperson for three consecutive levy campaigns and served alone as chairperson of a levy committee prior to 1993.
She was an integral part of the Parent and Teacher Organization (PTO) at the elementary school for over five years, serving as president for much of that time.
"The PTO’s fundraising efforts and event planning activities made it possible for our students to experience and to have ‘extra’ things that would have been impossible within the district’s budgetary constraints," the school board wrote.
Additionally, Spahn has performed "behind the scenes" duties for the district.
"When the board was conducting late evening interviews for our treasurer position, we sought to identify a warm, friendly and outgoing person that was knowledgeable of our district to receive and greet candidates arriving early for their interview. Sheri was the ideal person to perform this duty," the board stated.
Spahn was part of the Sixth Grade Parent Task Force that contributed time, energy and ideas to transform London Schools’ primary building into more of a sixth-grade atmosphere when building uses changed in 2007. Spahn also helped with costumes, set dressing and props for the middle school’s rendition of the play, "Willy Wonka Jr." this year—just one more example of her commitment to the school district.