Ohio County Board of Education Bids Farewell to Retirees
photo by: Shelley Hanson
The Ohio County Board of Education said goodbye to two of its retiring employees during a regular meeting on Wednesday morning.
It was Superintendent’s Secretary Janie Davis’ last board of education meeting. It was also the last meeting for board member Christine Carder, who decided not to run for re-election. She is being replaced by longtime educator Andy Garber who won an open seat in the May election.
Davis has worked for the school district for 40 years and has kept the minutes for about 400 board of education meetings during that time.
Assistant Superintedent Rick Jones said Davis was hired in September 1982 as the personnel/human resources secretary, a job she held for 22 years. Then in 2006 she became executive secretary to the superintendent, a position she has held since.
“Ms. Davis has worked as the secretary for four Ohio County Schools superintendents, and she has worked and documented approximately 400 meetings of the Ohio County Board of Education,” Jones said.
“Janie has been commended for meticulously writing the board meeting minutes and being a dedicated employee in the central office.”
Jones and other board members thanked Davis for her service, adding that she would be missed. She was given an award during the meeting.
Davis said she has enjoyed her career with the district and she plans to serve as a substitute secretary for the meetings as needed.
“I’ve worked with so many wonderful people. Ohio County Schools is the best. If it wasn’t I wouldn’t have been here 40 years,” she said.
Board members also thanked Carder for her service, noting she also would be missed. During the June 13 meeting Carder was presented with a plaque in recognition of her work on the board the past 12 years. Carder said she planned to keep up with ongoing work happening in the district and attend board meetings in the future as a guest.
Her 50-year career with the district started in 1973 when she became a teacher. She eventually worked her way up to principal of Wheeling Park High School, a position she held until her retirement in 2008.
Meanwhile, the board learned that none of the district’s school buildings were damaged by the June 14 storm that caused much destruction and power outages in the county. It was noted a gate at Wheeling Island Stadium was damaged by the storm and needs to be replaced.
Many trees were downed by the storm and are still being cleaned up. For example, about 40 damaged trees need to be cleaned up on the district’s cross country course.
The district’s maintenance workers were commended for quickly responding to the cleanup effort.
In other matters, the board approved spending $489,000 with Siemens for work related to replacing and installing new security cameras at the schools.
The board also learned a potential natural gas lease deal is being worked on for 15 acres of land in the Bethlehem area.
Board President David Croft also congratulated the district for having a clean audit report from the state auditor’s office.