HUBER HEIGHTS — For the Huber Heights City School Board, the new year will bring some changes.
Only two board members — Kelly Bledsoe and Mark Combs — will remain on the board in 2016.
Josh Sullenberger, who served as the board vice president in 2015, will leave the board effective Dec. 31, 2015. Sullenger was absent Thursday at the board meeting held at Charles H. Huber Elementary School. His letter of resignation for personal reasons was read by President Mark Combs.
Moreover, two longtime board members — Anita Brock and Carl Fisher — are leaving the board since their terms conclude Dec. 31, 2015.
Both Brock and Fisher thanked the board and community members who have been involved in school issues over the years.
Replacements for Brock and Fisher were announced by Combs. The two replacements are Mike Miller and Krista Tipton, who ran unnoposed in the November election. Meanwhile, Sullenberger’s seat is expected to be filled sometime in early 2016.
In other business, the board recognized six students for their winning art work for the 2016 Environmental Calendar. The art winners include Elijah Duggfer (cover winner), Amaya Jones, Sienna Johnson, Ayoung Choi, Cole Conover and Emma Jones.
In other business, principal Tamara Granata and school specialist Jeri Dokes presented a Charles H. Huber Elementary math and reading intervention update for the first half of the school year.
Granata said the student progress for grades three to six has been enhanced by community volunteers, the dedication of the faculty and the solid family support. For example, more than two dozen community volunteers, she said, have worked as tutors on a regular basis.
Local resident Sheri Combs spoke to the board about the fundraising efforts of EWP (Every Warrrior Plays), which helps defray the cost of athletic fees for students. She presented a check for $40,000 to the Huber Heights City Schools Treasurer Gina Helmick. Last year, EWP presented the district with a check for $30,000. This annual donation goes towards lowering the pay to play fees for all students in the HHCS district at both the junior high and high school. To date, EWP has raised $90,000 in their two years of fundraising efforts. Their fundraising efforts include events such as the Luau/Pig Roast Monte Carlo in February, 5K in July, Trunk or Treat in October and Breakfast with Santa in December as well as the Warrior discount cards and program ads and sponsorships and donations.
The first school board meeting of 2016 will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Wright Brothers Elementary School. The organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m.
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