|Education board needs new member|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor|
|Tuesday, 27 August 2013 09:57|
The Wood County Educational Service Center is seeking a new board member.
The center's governing board on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Larry Tussing, who was elected to the board in 2011.
The board has scheduled a special meeting on Sept, 4 at 4 p.m. to appoint a member to fill the void.
Tussing was elected to the board on Nov. 8, 2011 for a four-year term that began Jan. 1, 2012. His last appearance at board meeting was in December.
According to a previous statement by Superintendent Kyle Kanuckel, there are no regulations requiring attendance at meetings. The superintendent said at that time it was his understanding that Tussing had scheduling conflicts with his employer.
A letter read Wednesday by Kanuckel from Tussing indicated since Tussing was unable to fulfill his duties as a board member, he wanted to resign.
The board unanimously approved the request.
The board did not seriously consider changing its meeting time to accommodate Tussing, said member Kathy Limes.
"We thought about it but chose not to," said Limes.
The board has 30 days to appoint a replacement.
Tussing is from the Eastwood School District, and someone from Eastwood must be appointed to fill the spot.
Also at the meeting, the board learned that staff donated $764 to The Daughter Project, a non-profit, organization based in Perrysburg that is helping girls who have been rescued from sex traffickers by giving them a 24/7 recovery home. The funds came from the $2 donated by staff each week to "dress down" on Fridays.
Warren Fauver, director of grants and special projects, also reported on a planned partnership between the ESC's Community Learning Centers and the Cocoon Shelter in Bowling Green.
The program will be for elementary children of shelter residents, and the Community Learning Center will offer attendance to its STARS program at no cost to the families during their stay at the shelter. Arrangements will be made to continue services on a sliding-fee schedule once the families are re-established in their own residence, Fauver said.
Kanuckel also reported that the ESC will participate at Project Homeless Connect, set for Oct. 16. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offer a one-day, one-stop event with free goods and services for Wood County families, senior citizens, and veterans who are homeless.
Speech and hearing screening will be offered, along with coats, hats and boots; dental care; a hot meal; hair cuts and showers; job help and interview clothes.
Project Homeless Connect is a collaboration of agencies, churches, organizations and businesses in Wood County.
Kanuckel did not know the number of homeless in the county, but said "it will shock you."
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