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Jackson Local Schools Board of Education accept board member resignation

Patricia Faulhaber
Suburbanite correspondent

JACKSON TWP. The Jackson Local Board of Education accepted the resignation of board member Katrina Barton, effective May 26. Barton was first elected to the board in 2014 and then re-elected in 2018.

In a letter to Board President Thomas Winkhart, Barton wrote the reason she was resigning was because of an out-of-state employment opportunity and she and her family are relocating for the position.

“Katrina has been a positive influence on the board with a relevant perspective as a mother of children in our district and as a business professional,” Winkhart said. “On behalf of the board and the Jackson Community, we thank Katrina for her service to the Jackson Local School District.”

Winkhart read Barton’s letter to the board and in part she wrote that she appreciated the faith the voters put in her each time she was elected.

Superintendent Christopher DiLoreto said the board has no less than 15 days and no more than 30 days to find a replacement board member. The newly appointed board member would serve until December 31, 2021. If that person wishes to remain on the board after that period, they will have to run for election to the board.

The district will run an ad in the local newspaper with information for interested persons to apply. Applications must be received by 4 p.m., June 10.

The board will hold a special board meeting at 3 p.m. on June 16 at the district’s central office to interview applicants in an executive session with no action taken. During the regular June 23 meeting, the board will vote to accept a new member from the applicants.

In accordance to Ohio law, applicants must be 18 years or older, Jackson Local School District residents and registered voters. Applications can be accessed through the district’s website at https://www.jackson.stark.k12.oh.us/.

OTHER ACTIONS:

• Approved participating in the Cooperative School Bus Purchasing Program. DiLoreto said this is just a resolution to participate and does not commit them to purchasing buses.

• Approved refunding parents the spring/summer program fees totaling $17,000.

• Authorized membership in the Stark County Educational Service Center for the 2020/2021 school year.

• Approved the five-year forecast budget and sending it to the Ohio Department of Education as required. The forecast did include a just more than $1.4 million budget cut from the Ohio Department of Education for this school year.

• Heard the district served 21,644 student lunches between March 30 and May 22. The student lunch program ends on May 28.

• Went into executive session to discuss employment issues and to consider the purchase of property for public purposes with no action taken.

UP NEXT: Meets 5 p.m. June 23 in the library at Jackson High School