A Korean War veteran finally got his McClain diploma, more than 60 years after he left high school before graduating so that he could join the fight overseas.
Robert Swayne on Monday evening was joined by several family members, some from out of state, for his recognition at the Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education meeting held at Buckskin Elementary.
According to superintendent Joe Wills, Swayne’s family previously notified McClain High School Principal Jason Potts that they were beginning the process to get Swayne his diploma.
That process, Wills said, included them having to complete an application through the VFW, which would eventually gain the signature of an Ohio Veterans Service officer before going to Potts for verification of Swayne’s attendance at McClain.
With the process complete, board members were able to present Swayne his diploma. Along with that diploma on Monday, board members commended Swayne for “his service to the country,” Wills said.
Also at the meeting, Wills said, members of a local Cub Scout troop attended the board of education meeting as part of their community service requirement and they came armed with questions for the board. Also, the fifth grade honor choir performed two songs for board members.
Wills said the possibility of Great Oaks providing a robotics demonstration in the future for McClain students was discussed.
In other business, employment recommendations approved by the board were Alexandra Vesey, certified substitute; Sharon Combs, cafeteria; Jennifer Carroll, aide/monitor, cafeteria; and Jacob Orr-Zody, volunteer girls seventh grade basketball.
The next regular meeting of the Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education is scheduled for Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the central office boardroom in Greenfield. Meetings are open to the public.
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