PIQUA – A new face – and a couple of familiar ones – were present to take their oaths of office at the Piqua City Schools Board of Education’s brief organizational meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
With Treasurer Jeremie Hittle swearing him in, Clint Bostick, a retired PCS counselor, became the newest member of the board, joining returning members Andy Hite, Bob Luby, Frank Patrizio and Steve Greggerson.
“I’d like to get a focus on where we are at and think about the issues coming up,” said Bostick. “I want to see what we can do to make things better for the students.”
A graduate of Wright State University and the University of Dayton, Bostick was a counselor with the district for 17 years, serving at Favorite Hill, Bennett and Nicklin schools. He and his wife, Joyce, a teacher at Piqua Central Intermediate School, are the parents of five sons.
Hittle also read the oath of office for Patrizio, who, in addition to returning as a board member, was sworn in as the board’s new president, taking the gavel from Hite, who served as president pro tempore after President Lori Webster’s term expired last month. Patrizio is the past vice president of the school board.
In other business, the board approved the recommendation that they continue their membership in the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA). Patrizio serves as the board’s OSBA delegate and legislative liaison/Federal Relation Network, while Hite is the OSBA student achievement liaison and alternate delegate.
Under the personnel consent agenda, Rick Gold was approved as a math teacher at Piqua High School for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. Luby spoke highly of Gold, stating, “We’re fortunate to find a person of the caliber of Mr. Gold to step in in the middle of the year.”
Patrizio agreed, noting that his daughter is a student of Gold’s. “We’re very happy to have him,” Patrizio said.
The board also approved that 2016-17 academic calendar, which sets Aug. 23, 2016, as the first day of the next school year.
The next regular meeting of the PCS board of education will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Springcreek Primary School.
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