Bethel construction on track

Board hires new treasurer

By Cecilia Fox -

BETHEL TWP. — At the meeting Monday night, the Bethel school board heard an update on construction, hired a new treasurer, and approved a contract extension for the superintendent.

The district’s owner’s representative Joe Harkleroad updated the board on the ongoing building project. Despite some setbacks owing to recent rainy weather, construction is overall “making wonderful progress,” he said.

According to Harkleroad, the widening of State Route 201 will start this week and progress over the summer. He added that he could not promise it would be complete before school starts.

Workers have been pouring the concrete floors in the new addition and the roofers are getting ready to start.

“Most of the floor is already poured,” he said.

Harkleroad also added the project is “in really good shape” budget-wise.

The board voted Monday night to hire a new treasurer to replace Karen Newman, who is retiring in June. The new treasurer is Randall Bryant, who will start in July.

The board also voted Monday night to approve a three year contract extension for Superintendent Ginny Potter, from August 2016 though July 2019.

In other business, the board approved the retirement of band and choir director Danny Elam. The board thanked him for his many years of service to the students of Bethel.

In her report to the board, Treasurer Karen Newman said that the school district will end the year in the black.

Newman said that the district did have some unexpected expenditures this year, like a new school bus and some new lockers, but that they will end the year in a good place.

Board hires new treasurer

By Cecilia Fox

Reach reporter Cecilia Fox at or (937) 552-2205.

Reach reporter Cecilia Fox at or (937) 552-2205.