EDON — A new Edon Northwest Local Schools Board of Education member has been appointed by the board following a lack of interested candidates in November’s election.
During its regular monthly meeting Monday evening, the board unanimously approved the appointment of first-time board member Patty Eicher of Edon.
Eicher is a Montpelier native who currently works as a plant controller for Hudson Industries. She had five grown children, most of whom attended Edon Schools.
Eicher replaces Erin Nester, who served for four years on the board but chose not to seek reelection in November, at the conclusion of her first term.
“I heard the opportunity had come up, so I decided to apply for it and give it a shot,” said Eicher. “The school board has already made things change for Edon and it seems like it’s going in a good direction and I want to be a part of continuing the direction for the school and community.”
Eicher’s term expires in December 2021.
As part of the board’s organizational meeting, veteran board member Cody Best, now starting his second term, was elected to reprise his role as president with Ashley Reed slated to fill the role of vice president. Reed was elected in 2018.
Complaints about golf program
During the meeting’s public comment portion, a parent called for suspension or elimination of Edon Northwest Local Schools’ golf program in order to allow his son to transfer to another school without penalty.
Ray Price, of Edon, spoke to the board briefly, alleging a culture that he believes doesn’t fully and functionally support the program.
His allegations included failure to schedule a typical number of events; failure to communicate a season-long league rule change affecting final placement to student(s) prior to league play this school year; either inadvertent or purposeful withholding of golf bags paid for by the school’s athletic boosters program; failure to procure transportation for students on at least one occasion; failure to pay fees mandated to come directly from a school district in a timely manner; lack of a junior high program; lack of a full team (that can be scored as such) for the past three years; failure to provide early release time for students to warm up for matches; as well as a general lack of visible, vocal and financial support from administration relative to other sports.
None of the assertions were immediately confirmed or refuted by administration.
“The kids have no support whatsoever, none,” said Price, noting his support for revamping the program down the road, if possible. “Right now, we’re not doing the things to be like every other school, we can’t be competitive.
“(Golf is) an afterthought and that’s fine. If Edon wants to be a football school, be a football school, but you’re not a golf school and there’s no intention on being one,” said Price. “To just say we have a program is not fair to the kids who are not getting the same things everyone else is getting.”
Price also asserted that the district is not actively recruiting a golf coach and pointed to the team’s expected small size next year — one member at this time according to Price — as additional reasons to suspend or cancel.
“I appreciate the insight from your perspective, it’s definitely something we can discuss,” responded Best. “I think we’re probably going to come up with several questions relating to the things you discussed that I’m not aware of.”
In other action, the board:
• Accepted the resignation of Lucas Jordan as assistant varsity football and basketball coach. Board member Jamie Schaffter voted no on confirming the resignation.
• Unanimously approved the resignation of Matt Stechschulte as head junior varsity baseball coach.
• Approved a transfer of $8,322.02 from the 1997 Bond Retirement Fund to the 2000 Bond Retirement Fund.
• Employed Dave Haase as custodian on a one-year contract.
• Went into executive session to discuss personnel.