To fill a vacancy in its ranks the Genoa school board went with a former board member.
Board members in a special meeting Wednesday voted 4-0 to appoint Leslie Wyse to the seat vacated by Ernest Cottrell, Jr.
Mr. Wyse had served two terms on the board from 2000-2007 and then opted to not seek re-election. His appointment expires Dec. 31, 2009.
Mr. Cottrell, who served on the school board for seven years, has accepted an appointment to the Allen Township Board of Trustees where he’ll fill a seat that had been held by Mark Stahl. Mr. Stahl was elected in November to the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners.
“Ernie served seven years as a board of education member and we appreciate his commitment to the district,” Dennis Mock, school superintendent, said.
The board received letters of interest from nine persons for the vacant seat, he said.
Members of the Genoa board and administration are scheduled to meet Feb. 11 with representatives of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, Regency Construction, and STAN and Associates to discuss the construction of a new elementary school at the campus on Genoa-Clay Center Road.
Mr. Mock said STAN and Associates, a Dayton-based engineering firm, is conducting an environmental study of the school site and will present a preliminary report of its study at the meeting.
School officials are also awaiting the results of soil boring tests at the site, he said.
Genoa voters in November approved a 1.9-mill, 28-year bond issue to fund the local share of construction costs for a new elementary school building and renovations to the high school.
The bond issue is generating about $5.23 million for the project, which will also be funded by $13.7 million from the OSFC and a $6.2 million credit the Genoa district has with the OSFC.
The new elementary building will house kindergarten through the fifth grade and be located on a 60-acre parcel west of the district administration building and south of the football stadium.
Mr. Mock said a geothermal heating system is being considered for the new school which would require a pond at least 18 feet deep.
Planned renovations for the high school include a new roof, upgrading of the electrical system, and new restrooms at the stadium.
Regency Construction is preparing a construction schedule for the project, Mr. Mock said.