By Dedra Cordle
New officers have been selected to lead the South-Western City Schools Board of Education.
At its organizational meeting on Jan. 2, the board approved by a majority vote the nomination of Anthony Caldwell to serve as its president and the nomination of Lee Schreiner to serve as its vice-president for 2023.
Since joining the board three years ago, Caldwell has served as an officer just once during his elected term – that of vice-president during the 2022 calendar year. Since his original appointment in 2013, Schreiner has served as the vice-president of the board twice and its president in 2018.
Both board members said that they were grateful for the opportunity to serve in the highest leadership roles.
“I just want to continue to help support the students and staff of the district and help continue to deliver a quality education for the 22,000 plus students we have in the district,” said Caldwell in an interview after the meeting.
He added that as the individual in charge of the operations at the public meetings, he wants the students and parents to be assured that they will continue to have a “voice at the table.”
“I think that we have always had a board that listens to the community and I want to continue on in that tradition by making sure that everyone feels like they have a voice to share what their vision is for this community,” he said. “I also believe that students and parents should have an expectation that we as a board are working together to make the best informed decisions for the students, staff, and parents in our district.”
Also receiving votes for the role as president and vice-president of the board, respectively, was Chris Boso, who was nominated by Kelli Martindale. Boso has been a member of the board since 2022.
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 the fiscal year 2023-24. Under the terms of the Ohio Revised Code, the board service fund can be used to pay expenses the board incurred in the performance of their duties or for those of their official representatives.
The board also adopted its calendar for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years. In the 2023-24 calendar year, the first day of school will take place on Aug. 21 for those in grades 4-12 and for those in grades K-3 with the last names that begin with A-G only. Students whose last names begin with the letters H-O will have their first day on Aug. 22 and students whose last names begin with the letters P-Z will have their first day on Aug. 23.
The last day of school for all students will be May 30. The tentative high school graduation date is slated for June 1, 2024.
During the 2024-2025 school year, the first day of school will take place on Aug. 21 for those in grades 4-12 and for those in grades K-3 with the last names A-G only. Students in grades K-3 whose last names begin with H-0 and P-Z will have their first days on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, respectively. The last day for all students will be June 3. The tentative high school graduation date is slated for June 7, 2025.
Classes will not be held on any scheduled Election Day during the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 calendar year. When the board discussed the calendar at a public meeting last fall, members of the Council of Parent Teacher Associations implored the district to consider adopting a policy in which all schools used as a polling location be closed on all election days in subsequent years.