Highland BOE appoints new council member
By Randa Wagner –
More than 57 students, parents and residents attended the Highland Board of Education’s special meeting Sunday evening that prompted a 90-minute executive session as the first matter of business.
When the meeting resumed after 8:30 p.m., Board President Eric Thacker apologized for the unusually long session. One of the primary reasons the special board meeting was held April 1 was to appoint a board member within the time frame required by the Ohio School Board Association when a seat is vacated. Bill Short will serve the remaining term previously held by Dave Gleason.
A number of citizens spoke in support of Coach Mike Hoyng and the boys’ basketball program. Hoyng’s contract was up for renewal for the 2012–2013 school year at Sunday night’s meeting.
Doris Mosher said her boys played basketball for Highland and she believes in Coach Hoyng.
“The way I feel is, let the coach ‘coach,’” she said. “I know a lot of people wanted him ‘out,’ but he’s put a lot of time into this school and he respects the kids, and I respect the coach.”
Bob Angley, a 1990 alumnus, spoke about the impact Mr. Hoyng had on his life.
“It’s not all about winning and championships, it’s about life lessons,” he said, “about learning how to conduct yourself as an individual. Mr, Hoyng was one of the most influential people in my life during my time at Highland. It’s not always about the wins and losses, it’s about helping young men become men.”
Former Highland basketball player Calvin Pierce said he noticed this year started out rough for the younger players, but there was a big improvment by the end of the year. Theresa Belcher commented that her son, who did not want to play basketball at all at the start, came to enjoy the game under the guidance of the four coaches.
Expressing an opposing opinion, Don Baker commented that 17 years ago his daughter, now deceased, was called a “hillbilly that should go back to Kentucky where hillbillies belong” by Mr. Hoyng. “I know everyone has their own opinions, but that’s a fact and God’s truth,” he said.
Hoyng’s contract in the Varsity Boys Basketball program for the 2012–2013 school year was approved by the board.
Regarding the appointment of Bill Short, resident Bob Sutherland asked the board what selection process and criteria was used in choosing the new board member.
“Primarily, the board had many options,” Eric Thacker responded. “We identified the attributes that a board member would possess, and we weighed heavily on the fact we were looking for somebody with prior experience and who is dedicated to Highland. There were other elements we discussed as well. We had numerous individuals willing to dedicate themselves and serve in that capacity. After lengthy discussion, we decided to select Mr. Short.”
Other employment recommendations that were approved were supplemental contracts for the 2012–2013 season/year as follows:
Shawn Wilhelm, Cross Country; Chad Carpenter, Varsity Football; Caleb Duncan, Adam Gies, Matthew Jones, Scott Pauley, Cody Reese, and Michael Reid, Football Assistants; Dustin Green, Michael Reid, II , Lance Stambaugh and Eric Storer, M.S. Football; Robert Terrill, III, Varsity Volleyball; Shannon Belcher, Volleyball Assistant; Kayla Ross, J.V. Volleyball; Derek Bower, M.S. Volleyball (8th); David Higgins, Boys Basketball Asst.; Christopher Rupe, J.V. Boys Basketball; Jerry Perkins, 9th Boys Basketball; Brett Behnfeldt, 8th Boys Basketball; Robert Anglin, 7th Boys Basketball; Elizabeth Morrison, Varsity Girls Basketball; and Marcie Chamberlain, J.V. Girls Basketball. Also approved was Eric Thacker as a volunteer assistant in the girls’ basketball program.
The board also accepted the resignations of retiring Elementary Library aide Linda Sheets and Elementary Intervention Specialist Erin Porter.
The next regular Highland School Board meeting will be held Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the high School cafetorium.