Edon board says goodbye to Nester

Edon Northwest Local Schools Board of Education member of four years Erin Nester attended her final board meeting Monday evening. Pictured from left are Edon Northwest Local Schools Superintendent Anthony Stevens, Board President Cody Best, Nester and board members Ashley Reed, David Wehrle and Jamie Schaffter. JOSH EWERS/Staff

The Edon Board of Education bid one of its own adieu following the November election and also began preparations for the board’s organization into next year.

Erin Nester has served for four years on the board, but chose not to seek re-election in November, following the conclusion of her first term.

“We appreciate her time and energy and everything she’s done the past four years,” said board president Cody Best, who entered service to the district in the same year and was recently re-elected with no opposition.

Nester, 41, was part of the administration that helped see Edon through a time of financial hardship and saw the district add various services such as care coordination, grow its preschool program and bring back the family and consumer science program. She also played a role in campaigning for a 1-percent tax on earned income to boost the district’s revenue.

She was presented with an honorary memento by Superintendent Anthony Stevens for her service.

Currently, the district has no replacement board member lined up, as no one stepped up prior to the election. The district has been receiving applications and will announce a special meeting to conduct interviews in the near future.

It was formally approved that Best will reprise his role as board president, at least for one more meeting, in overseeing the upcoming organizational meeting on Jan. 13, 2020, at 5 p.m., with the regular meeting to follow at 5:30 p.m.

In other action, the board:

Approved the resignation of head football coach Scott Staten, effective immediately. Staten will stay on as a social studies teacher in the district. No reason was cited for his resignation. Staten led the Bombers to a 7-4 record, 5-1 in conference, this season. Staten finishes with a 54-49 record in 10 years at Edon.

• Approved an application for the deposit of public funds with the Edon State Bank, effective Jan 2, 2020 to Jan. 2, 2022.

• Approved $1,275 in donations for various programs including an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C., post-prom and the district’s bleacher fund.

• Approved a contract with Gale Horn for attendance officer services for the 2019-2020 school year. The board also approved a contract to share services with Edgerton Local Schools.

• Approved an overnight trip for a senior class retreat Feb. 29 through March 1.

• Accepted the resignation of custodian Diana Galla.

• Heard that the district’s former facility is fully paid off and that the current one would be paid off in 2023.

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