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Chacalos, Norton Take BOE Seats

New Ohio County Board of Education members Grace Norton, left, and Peter Chacalos ready themselves to be sworn into office Wednesday.

WHEELING — The Ohio County Board of Education started its new term Wednesday by swearing in two new members and selecting a new board president.

Grace Norton and Peter Chacalos assumed their desks after receiving the oath of office from Ohio County Circuit Judge David Sims. They were elected to serve four-year terms.

The current board now is comprised of Chacalos and Norton, alongside returning members Christine Carder, David Croft and Molly Aderholt.

The first act of the board was to select a new board president, and Carder made the motion that Croft assume that role.

He was unanimously approved as president.

Croft is both an attorney and accountant, and is in the middle of his first four-year term as a board member.

Aderholt, also an attorney, next was tapped to serve as the board’s vice president.

The other three members — Carder, Chacalos and Norton — all are retired educators.

Chacalos was a popular science teacher and athletic trainer at Wheeling Park High School known for his love of the Cleveland Brown.

For his swearing-in on Wednesday, he sported a bright orange jacket with matching Browns tie and face mask.

Chacalos said the first thing the board must focus on is the start of school this year, and the school district’s plan for re-entry.

“I would like to see us go five days a week, but that decision likely will be made in Charleston, “ he said. “But I’m looking forward to this year. There are a lot of good things ahead.”

Norton has more than 40 years of experience in teaching, and she said she now is looking for new opportunities.

One of her goals is to involve more parents in the education process.

“This has been one of the bug-a-boos of education for years,” Norton said. “You call a PTA meeting, and three parents show up.

“We really need — especially as more things are being put on line — for more parents to show up. They need to understand how they can best help the kids, and we need to know what they need in order to help their kids. Unless we communicate, we really don’t have a way.”

The first regular meeting of the new board is set for 6 p.m July 13 at the board office, 2203 National Road, Elm Grove.

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