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Outgoing United school board members recognized

HANOVERTON — Due to their contributions and efforts to the school district, United Local school board members Mike Ellyson and Beth Ann Sheen were recognized Wednesday at their final meeting.

“It’s been a pleasure serving in the community,” Ellyson said. “It’s been great to work with all of the other board members, and it has been very rewarding.”

Sheen did not run for re-election in November due to her job with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, which she works some 13-hour days. She said she wasn’t able to give it 150 percent, so it was time to give up the position.

“I really enjoyed everything, and the bottom line is that it’s all about the kids,” Sheen said. “Even when there was tension at times, we have always thought of the kids first.”

Justin Medure and Heather Milliken Mercer will fill the school board seats at the beginning of the new year.

In other business, SHP Architects’ director of the Columbus office, Shea McMahon, and registered architect Josh Predovich presented the Community Advisory Team (CAT) recommendations for a new school.

After about three months in the process of discussing ideas for a new school, the CAT brought forward results regarding possible sites and funding information. McMahon and Predovich laid out two options for sites and the results of the surveys taken by the CAT as to what specific projects they would prefer to fund.

Math course names changed for the high school, as high school principal Bill Young explained that the new names will put more emphasis on career paths. The courses will be changed from “advanced” to “college prep” algebra 1, geometry and algebra 2.

“We used to call it college prep in the past,” Young said. “We’ve gone from that to integrated and algebra to algebra and advanced algebra and now we’re back full circle. These are not changes in courses but just changes in names of the courses.”

It will be phased in over three years, so any student that already has “advanced” classes, it will remain consistent on the transcript. Incoming students will adopt the new “college prep” designation.

The board also approved the retirement of Deb Grimm, and everyone recognized and thanked her for serving the district.

“Deb is going to leave a legacy of excellence with all of us,” elementary school principal Andy Trotter said. “She has made a lasting impact on our district.”

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