(Posted June 19, 2015)
By Linda Dillman, Staff Writer
Fifteen years after joining the Jefferson Local School Board, Dr. Meg Hiss is still as enthusiastic about serving the needs of children in the district as she was when she first took office.
The Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) honored Hiss for her years of dedica-tion during a Milestone Ser-vice Award presentation at the June 15 Jefferson Local school board meeting.
“We thank Dr. Hiss for her service to public education and for her commitment to the students and families of West Jefferson,” said OSBA Central Region Manager Kim Miller-Smith.
“We also thank all of our board members for your leadership and willingness to serve your school district and community. It is because of efforts such as yours that we enjoy strong public schools in Ohio.”
The OSBA Central Region serves 103 public school districts in 14 counties.
Hiss also serves as the district’s representative on the Tolles Career and Technical Center school board and is a psychologist in the Hilliard school system. She said there have been many changes in education during her decade and a half on the school board, including the proliferation of state-mandated testing.
“Over the past 15 years, we’ve done a better job of meeting the overall needs of our students,” she said.
“It’s been a pleasure to serve the community and children in our district, and I hope to continue for a few more years. I’m very pas-sionate about education and I love being on the school board.”
In other action, the school board accepted a $10,000 donation to the Norwood Elementary library from the estate of former teacher (Leo) John Conway Jr.
Conway was a 1970 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and received his bachelor’s degree in education from Heidelberg University and a master of science degree in education from the University of Dayton. He spent 30 years as a teacher before retiring. He passed away on Oct. 19, 2014.