HUBER HEIGHTS – The Huber Heights School Board added its fifth and final member Thursday.
Tony Cochren took the oath of office during the board meeting held at Wright Brothers Elementary School. He replaces Josh Sullenberger, who resigned last month after serving two years.
Cochren, a Huber Heights resident for 16 years, will serve the rest of Sullenberger’s four-year term. A graduate of Indiana University, he earned his master’s in education at Miami University and taught for 14 years in high school, including 10 years in the Huber Heights School District.
He is now serving as a special education advisor at Springfield High School.
“It is an honor and privilege to be on the board,” Cochren said.
Superintendent Susan Gunnell said Cochren was chosen from a group of five candidates because he has “experience in education.”
Cochren joins newcomers Mike Miller and Krista Tipon, who took the oath of office two weeks ago. These three members join long time board members Kelly Bledsoe and Mark Combs.
According to Gunnell, the new board members offer a “fresh insight” and also “bring the same excitement to work on behalf of the children.”
In other business, two power point presentations were given to the board.
Chip Holloway, the principal of Wright Brothers, focused on the Kind Kids Club, a character education program introduced this school year.
Students K-6 can earn Falcon Tickets for random acts of kindness throughout the school and are redeemed at the office for various prizes.
One student from each class has been chosen to meet monthly with a host teacher. Afterward, the students return to their respective classroom and have a sharing session with their classmates.
“The students are absolutely thrilled with this program,” Holloway said.
Moreover, the ripple effect of positive reinforcement , he said, has “improved the climate of the school.”. For example, he said the school attendance has steadily risen
In the second power point program, Gunnell highlighted the work of the district’s Strategic Plan. The mission statement, she said, is to empower students to be academically and socially prepared for their future through the support of teachers, staff, family and community.
She explained the various academic K-12 programs of reading, math, science and intervention that are communicated through periodic newsletters as well as the school website.
In other action, the board approved donations totaling $950 for the Wayne High School JROTC program.
The board also approved a $1,500 donation from the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation for the middle school boys basketball tournament trip to Bristol, Tenn. The board also approved a $2,315 donation for the varsity team’s trip to Bristol.
Other approved donations included $1,390 for new basketball a $167 from the music club to the drama club, a $100 donation to the high school Club 23 from Robert and Sharon Gemiin in memory of Margaret Brennan.
Following board comments congratulating the three new board members, the meeting was adjourned.
The next school board meeting is slated Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Monticello Elementary School, 6523 Alter Road.