A new member will be serving on the Defiance City Board of Education following action taken Wednesday evening.

In addition, the streets around the campus were named.

Dodi Thompson was chosen to fill the vacancy left in June by Ken Wetstein, who resigned due to accepting a job as vice president of university advancement and foundation executive officer at Eastern University in Charleston, Ill.

Thompson, the current administrator at GlennPark, will serve a term of five months, through Dec. 31. Should she wish to remain on the board, she would need to run for election in November. Her first meeting will be Aug. 14.

“My dad was on city council and he always said that you have to give back to the community,” said Thompson. “Defiance City Schools is going in the right direction. I’m glad to be part of that.”

The campus streets were named on Wednesday as well. The road to the elementary school was named Bulldog Way, while the road into the middle school/high school was named Bulldog Boulevard. The road connecting the two schools was named Struble Drive after retiring superintendent Mike Struble, who has been with the district since August 2006. His last meeting was Wednesday.

Board members also learned that an excess of approximately $200,000 will be returned to the district from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission following the project close-out. The funds will be used for permanent improvements.

At the Arabella Street campus, the crumbling chimney and stadium were torn down recently. Stone will be placed where the stadium was located and a small wall will be constructed around the hole where the chimney had been.

Concerning the air conditioning project at the Defiance Community Auditorium, the work has been delayed and is expected to get underway in September by Fitzenrider Inc.

In personnel matters, extended time was approved for Jay Jerger at his assistant high school principal rate, up to five days.

Resignations were approved for Corey Jordan, middle school physical education teacher, effective Aug. 19; Meghan Sager, K-3 self-contained teacher, effective Aug. 19; and Jeremy Nadler, high school marketing education/DECA teacher, effective Aug. 19. Nadler will be teaching at Bowling Green State University.

Approved was a transfer for Kevin Kline, from high school career-based intervention/virtual learning academy teacher to high school marketing education/DECA teacher, effective with the 2019-20 school year.

In other business, the board:

• approve the minutes of the June 24 records commission committee meeting.

• approved a list of substitute staff members.

• will appoint a vice president at the next meeting in August.

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