2011-01-22 / News

Joe Farmer appointed to state Board of Education

By Charles Prince

BALTIMORE – It was just about 10 days ago on January 10 that Liberty Union Superintendent Paul Mathews thanked board members with pieces of his famous homemade cherry pie for their combined 68.5 years of service on the school board.

Joe Farmer tied for second place with Art Brate with 19 years of service. Mike Raver continues to hold first place with 21 years. John Hutton has eight years of service and Shaun Hochradel has 1.5 years.

New Governor John Kasich made Farmer one of his five appointments to the Ohio Board of Education on January 18. Eight new members – five appointees and three elected – joined the 19-member board.

Two sets of recent appointments by former Governor Ted Strickland were rejected by the Ohio Senate to give Kasich the opportunity to make his own appointments. Farmer, a manager for Delta Airlines at Port Columbus, was appointed for a four-year term running through 2014. He gave up his Liberty Union post before he joined the state board at its January 18 meeting.

Liberty Union is moving quickly to fill Farmer’s seat. Mathews announced January 18 that board members are seeking a letter of interest/resume from interested candidates by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4. Letters/resumes should be sent to:

Paul Mathews
LU-T School District
621 Washington Street
Baltimore OH 43105


Board members will set up interviews with the candidates and expect to appoint Farmer’s replacement at their next regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 14.

In other business January 10, Brate was unanimously reelected board president. Raver was unanimously elected vice-president. The board will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month in the high school library.

During the recognition phase of the meeting, 2010 Class member Katie Blackburn received her high school diploma. The students of the month are Taylor Moore and Seth Womax.

Moore is the daughter of April and Bill Moore. She is a junior, plays varsity volleyball and basketball and is active on student council, Leo Club and FCCLA.

Womax is the son of Tiffany and Kelly Womax. The senior plays varsity football and basketball and is active with the Liberty Union FFA, serving as a member of the soil judging team.

In his financial report, Treasurer

David Butler reported that income tax collections are down $26,000 from last year. The twoyear state audit was recently completed, he reported. “They found nothing wrong.”

Architect Joe Schappa updated board members on the final stages of the high school renovation and the continuing construction of the new middle school. Though he had anticipated that some of the remaining punch list items at the high school would get knocked out during the holiday break, very little work was done.

The renovation of the old middle school auditorium is coming along “pretty well,” Schappa said. The rest of the current middle school will be demolished when students move to the new middle school in August.

The roof still isn’t complete on the new school, but the building is getting closed up with heat on in several areas.

A preliminary site plan has been done for the new district office/maintenance facility that will be built south of the elementary school. An unheated vehicle storage area has been added to the plans.

Schappa said the survey has been done for the required southbound turn lane into the elementary/ middle school complex. Construction bids may go out at the end of this month.

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