The Hillsboro City Schools did not have to look far for a new treasurer.
Hillsboro resident and assistant treasurer Ben Teeters, who served 17 years as the Highland County auditor, was sworn in Wednesday as the school district’s new treasurer.
Teeters served as interim treasurer for Hillsboro before Adam Zink was hired aabout 2.5 years ago, and had been working three days a week as an assistant to Zink before Zink announced his resignation last month effective Aug. 15.
Zink accepted an assistant treasurer’s position with the Lakota School District.
Teeters’ professional career started in 1967 at the Highland County engineer’s tax map office. A U.S. Air Force Reserves veteran, he later served as a deputy Highland County auditor under John McCreight and then was county auditor from October of 1973 to May of 1990. He was an assistant treasurer for the Washington Court House City Schools and then served as treasurer from 2001 to July of 2013. He was retired for about a month before he accepted the interim treasurer’s position for Hillsboro.
“I didn’t like being retired and just didn’t care to sit around at home,” said Teeters, who has lived in Hillsboro for the past seven years. “I decided to take an opportunity and use my experience. I enjoy working for the Hillsboro City Schools and staff.”
During his superintendent’s report, Jim Smith said that except for a tornado warning Wednesday that caused students to be placed in designated “sheltered” areas for about 20 minutes and some buses that had to be rerouted later in the day due to high water in the southern part of the school district, the start to the 2016-17 school year that began Monday has went well.
Smith said the district’s two current building projects – the concession/restroom facility at the track/soccer stadium and the weight room/wrestling area behind the middle school – are on schedule to be completed by the end of October.
The road behind the elementary school that needed repaired because buses were not originally intended to use it, all has the base layer down, and in some places the third and final layer has been put down, Smith said. The buses are able to use the road and Smith said the Miller-Mason Paving Co. will finish the work on weekends or during fair week.
The superintendent said he has a meeting planned to review the high school/middle school site plan that was developed several years ago to see where things stand now in comparison to that original plan. He said practice fields – two for football and two for soccer – need to have the top soil in place before winter with the hope that they could possibly be used in the spring.
In other news from the meeting:
• Smith said the school district has 26 new staff members and that a “good number” of them are Hillsboro graduates.
• The annual fish fry will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at Richards Memorial Field. All fall sports team members will be introduced and a varsity scrimmage with Paint Valley will begin around 7 p.m.
• Local resident Barb Cole, who ran for a county commissioner seat in the primary election, addressed the board about what she said were inappropriate passages in the book “The Bluest Eye” that were brought to the board’s attention in August of 2014. Cole said the book is available in the school library. Cole asked the board: What is your response to the community? How did the book get in our library? What is the process the board follows to make sure curriculum aligns with the district’s and the school’s vision, mission, philosophy, education goals and strategic plan? What steps will you take to correct the board’s failure to our community and to our students to fulfill your mandates from the state?
The board’s policy is not to respond to questions during meetings, but to respond in writing within 10 business days.
• The board approved several supplemental contracts including: Tim Crowder, middle school football; Michael Eakins, middle school volleyball; Chad Fields, high school football assistant; Kevin Grow, high school marching band; Brad Haithcock, high school football assistant; John Hern, girls tennis assistant; Nathan Hey, high school football assistant; Nathan Horne, high school football assistant; Joe Jacky, assistant high school marching band; Kirsten Juillerat, middle school volleyball; Ben Miller, high school football assistant; Courtney Orr, middle school football cheerleading; Michael Page, middle school football; Ben Pence, middle school football; Jarrod Rich, assistant athletic director; and Tyler Talbott, middle school football.
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