Toronto schools bid farewell to two board members

TORONTO — The Toronto school board met in special session Thursday afternoon, with members Tim Starr and Bob Reeves participating in their final meeting.

Both were presented with commemorative clocks to recognize their years of service to the district.

Starr has been a board member since 2006 and served as board president in 2009 and 2010. He also has been a member of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational High School Board representing the city school district since January 2010.

Reeves has been a board member since 2010. He served as board president in 2012 and was appointed to serve as the student achievement liaison and the alternate liaison to the Ohio School Boards Association. Before becoming a board member, he was a long-time employee of the school district, having begun his career in 1980 as a social studies teacher. He later became the athletic director, Karaffa Middle School principal and Toronto High School principal before his retirement in 2007.

“During (Starr’s and Reeves’) term, the Toronto City School District has flourished — Toronto Junior/Senior High School was constructed, Clarke Hinkle Stadium was completely renovated and the elementary school addition was approved,” said Superintendent Maureen Taggart. “As members of the buildings and grounds committee both Starr and Reeves were directly involved with each stage of these improvements from planning to construction.

“We are happy to honor these outgoing members. They are leaving behind a legacy of dedicated service and unwavering commitment to providing the best education for the children of Toronto,” she noted.

Jay Foster, board vice president, said, “It has been a pleasure working with Tim Starr and Bob Reeves over the last six years on the Toronto Board of Education. They are both the definition of a professional. Tim always made it a point to stress to us board members that every decision we make should be in the students’ best interests, no other reasons should ever cloud our judgment. We always leaned on Bob’s experience both in the classroom and as an administrator. He always did a great job explaining issues or agenda items relating them to scenarios that he came across during his many years in public education.”

In other business, the board:

— Approved the purchase of a new 72-passenger school bus from Cardinal Bus Sales. The district participated in the school bus cooperative purchasing program provided by Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council and OME-RESA.

— Approved Eric Meek as high school head football coach.

— Approved Donna Tomer as a long-term substitute.

— Renewed its membership in the Ohio School Board Association for 2018.

In January, the Toronto Board of Education will welcome new members Randy Henry and George Dobbs. The school board’s reorganizational meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Jan. 11, with a regular meeting to follow.

Julie Ault was appointed president pro-tem.