|Smith returns to ESC board|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor|
|Saturday, 07 September 2013 08:15|
A long-time board member has returned to the Wood County Educational Service Center.
The board unanimously approved (4-0) at a special meeting Wednesday to appoint Tim Smith to fill the seat vacated last month by the resignation of Larry Tussing.
Smith will take over his duties immediately.
Smith previously served on the board for 16 years, but chose not to run for reelection in November 2011.
Tussing filled that empty seat, but resigned after having a scheduling conflict with the board. His last appearance at a board meeting was in December.
Smith is a former associate vice president for Research and Economic Development at Bowling Green State University. He retired in 2011.
"This retirement thing isn't working out the way I thought it would," the 70-year-old quipped before being sworn in.
He said he appreciated the board's confidence.
He said he was contacted by board member Kathy Limes about filling the post, then spoke with ESC Superintendent Kyle Kanuckel and board President Ken Ault, who each asked him if he would be interested in returning to the board.
"This board has always meant a lot to me," he stated.
Limes said Smith had experience and knowledge of the ESC programs, and had been a dedicated board member.
"We're getting experience" by appointing Smith, said Ault.
He said only one person had contacted him, expressing interest in the position.
Tussing is from the Eastwood School District, and it was erroneously reported that someone from Eastwood must be appointed to fill the spot.
Smith is from the Otsego school district.
Kanuckel explained that the board is made up of members of the six local school districts it represents: Eastwood, Elmwood, Lake, North Baltimore, Northwood and Otsego.
But there is no requirement as to which districts are represented. Currently represented are Tim Meyer, Eastwood; Limes, Otsego, Ault, Elmwood, and Judy Paredes, Lake.
Ault's, Meyer's and Paredes' terms expire at the end of this year.
Smith will fill Tussing's seat through 2015.
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