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District honors former Yellow Springs School Board members

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At the Dec. 12 school board meeting, outgoing board President Benji Maruyama and board member Angela Wright were honored for their service to the district. Superintendent Mario Basora presented plaques to both members.

Wright has served on the Yellow Springs School board for 20 years, first from 1992 to 1999, then again from 2002 to 2013. She has served as president several times and has also been a long-time representative to the Greene County Career Center school board. She is currently the president of that board.

Basora expressed appreciation for Wright’s experience with the community, her knowledge of the district’s history and “your real love for Yellow Springs and our kids.”

Wright became emotional during the meeting and deferred to Maruyama, who volunteered to read her statement.

“It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve the community as a school board member,” she wrote, adding that it’s been rewarding to serve alongside a team of individuals “who have a sincere interest in the success of all students.”

Also on Thursday, Maruyama chaired his last meeting as president of the board after four years of service to the schools. Like Wright, Maruyama was elected to the board in 2009 and helped to hire the entire administrative team, as well as design and begin to implement the district’s first 10-year strategic plan.

“The most important thing we did was hire the four of you — that was a key part of making not just the 2020 plan but the whole district a success” he told the administrative team last week.

In other school board business:

• The board approved a leave of absence for teacher Beth Talley from April 7 to the end of the school year. The board approved the hiring of substitute teacher Jacqueline Pohl for one of the third grade classes.

The board also approved Jane Jako as a homebound tutor and volunteer swim coach Jody Chick. Bus driver Ruth Peterson resigned to take a full-time Yellow Springs Police dispatch position.

• The board will discuss internal organization at the next board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. The actions will include electing the president and vice president of the board, and naming representatives to other boards.

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