Board selects new president, vice-president

WELLSVILLE — A changing of the guard has taken place at the Wellsville Board of Education as a new president and vice-president were selected.

During a reorganizational meeting held before Monday’s regular meeting, the board selected Nancy Francis to serve as school board president for the year, and also chose Gary Althiser to serve as the board’s vice president.

Francis, who succeeds Ed Bauer in the position, was nominated by Tom Brophey and seconded by Bauer. Althiser, who takes over for Brophey in the position, was nominated by Bauer, with board member Rick Salsberry and Bauer motioning and seconding respectively. Both Francis and Althiser were sworn in to their new positions by Treasurer Eva Elliott immediately after the votes were taken.

Also related to the board, the board selected Salsberry to serve a two-year term as the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center Board representative from the Wellsville Local School District, replacing former member Mike Cook. Salsberry was nominated by Brophey, to which Althiser seconded the appointment.

Brophey was also nominated by Salsberry and approved to serve as the district’s Legislative Liaison Officer for the Ohio School Boards Association.

As for committee assignments, which are made at the recommendation of the board president, the Athletic Board will be served by Salsberry and Brophey with Bauer as an alternate; the Buildings and Grounds/Cafeteria committee will be led by Althiser and Francis with Salsberry as an alternate; Policy will be handled by Bauer and Salsberry with Francis as alternate; Superintendent’s Advisory also by Bauer and Salsberry, but with Brophey as alternate; Community Advisory Committee by Althiser and Francis with Brophey as alternate; Transportation by Brophey and Althiser with Bauer as alternate; Finance by Bauer and Francis with Althiser as alternate, Personnel by Althiser and Francis with Salsberry as alternate, and Student Achievement Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.) will be headed by Brophey, with Althiser as an alternate.

Meanwhile, outside the board, the board approved the appointment of Elliott to the position of Ohio Public Record Training designee, to which Bauer provided the appointment.

Along with Elliott’s job description, the board also approved a motion to authorize the treasurer to request advances against all tax settlements, pay all bills within the limits of the appropriations as bills are received and when the merchandise is received in good condition and to provide monthly reports to the Board of Education of bills paid, invest interim funds in the best interest of the district and deposit interest earnings in the General Fund or other funds as required, and authorize the use of a facsimile signature on the Board of Education checks.

Also approved was the setting of a Board Service Fund for board member expenses in the amount of $5,000.

In addition, the board approved their schedule of regular monthly meetings, with most of the meetings scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month with two notable exceptions.

The February meeting, which will be the next for the board, will be held on Feb. 12 instead of Feb. 19 as the latter date serves as President’s Day. The June meeting, which would have fallen on June 18, will instead be held on Wednesday, June 27, the only time this year the regular meeting will fall on a day other than a Monday.

All meetings will take place at the conference room at Daw Elementary.