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Board president named OSBA trustee

HEBRON – Lakewood School Board President Judy White was named to the Ohio School Board Association Board of Trustees.

“We’re really looking forward to her leadership on the state level,” said Kim Miller-Smith, OSBA Central Regional Manager, who attended the Dec. 12 Lakewood School Board meeting to thank Lakewood for its participation in OSBA and to recognize White for her appointment to the OSBA Board of Trustees.

The slate of officers for the OSBA Central Region Executive Committee and for the OSBA Board of Trustees was determined in November.

“Just the networking alone is unbelievable,” said White, who was honored to be appointed.

White was selected to represent the OSBA Central Region. The board of trustees is the main governing body of the association, composed of the eightmember executive committee, representatives from Ohio’s six largest school districts and 18 representatives selected by OSBA’s five regional associations.

The Central Region is composed of school districts in Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Richland, Ross and Union counties.

In other Lakewood news,

• Grow Licking County Executive Director Dan Evers attended the Dec. 10 meeting to tell board members about MPW Industrial Services’ potential plans to expand its existing operation in Union Township, at its Lancaster Road location. Industrial projects and related property taxes and abatements strongly affect school district revenues.

Evers said the proposed project contemplates an additional facility on the site, which will primarily be utilized to staff MPW’s engineering, IT, and marketing functions. It will also serve as the corporate headquarters for MPW Industrial Water Services, Inc., an affiliated company.

Evers said if the Licking County location is selected – and the company is contemplating locations and proposals from other states as well – the total new investment is estimated to range from $2.5 million to $7 million. The project is projected to create at least 25 new full-time job opportunities, with an estimated annual payroll of approximately $1 million. “It is estimated that existing professional positions will also be retained at the Union Township location, should the proposed expansion be secured,” he said. “We believe that it will also secure a footprint for future expansion of MPW’s operations, both technical and professional.”

Evers said the company has secured proposed incentives from Jobs Ohio/the State of Ohio. “We are pursuing final approval of local tax incentives to finalize this integrated incentive package,” he said. Evers will inform board members of the results.

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