Lucas resigns from Troy BOE

TROY — At the Troy City Schools board of education meeting June 8, board member Stephen Lucas announced that he would be resigning from his position.

Lucas explained his family decided to relocate to Columbus, where he has been working and commuting for a year.

At the meeting Lucas expressed how he would miss his hometown of Troy, but said that he was confident in the direction the school district is going.

“The district is in great shape,” he said. “Financially everything is under control, we have great teachers, and we all bring different perspectives and strengths to the board to make the schools better and stronger.”

During his 15 years with the board, Lucas served in positions of president, vice president and a general board member.

His resignation was effective June 9.

He was actively involved on six committees — Athletic Council, Business Advisory Council, Capital Improvement Committee, Resource Officer Review Committee, Student Achievement Fair Committee, and Tax Abatement Committee.

Additionally, he served as an OSBA legislative liaison, on the MDECA Board and on the Upper Valley Career Center board of education.

Ohio Revised Code provides a board of education 30 days to fill Lucas’ vacancy. Superintendent Eric Herman asked any citizens interested in being considered for appointment to contact the board office at (937) 332-6700.

“Interested parties should send a letter expressing interest and a short narrative why they would like to be a member of the board,” he said. “The letters of interest should be submitted to Kim Heintz at the board of education office, located at 500 N. Market St.”

That person will be appointed prior to the July 13 board meeting.

In other business, the board discussed bringing EpiPens into the schools for students having allergic reactions. Herman shared the topic was originally brought up a year ago, and that since then he has been working to get the proper paperwork and policies underway to have the pens.

Herman also shared that he had spoken to MDECA about the district’s choice to switch to META.

“If you compare the two side by side, it has DASL software use, which is very similar to what we have right now, they’ve got 200-plus employees, and our base cost is $50,000 less,” he said.

The board also approved two renewal levies for the Hayner Cultural Center to go on the ballot in November, and approved changes to the curriculum, which includes an American Sign Language course at the high school.