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Lexington Honors Long-Time School Board Member

Story By: Brian Skowronski



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Following Lexington's Board of Education meeting on Wednesday evening, long-time board member Bob Whitney would be recognized for his many years of service.

The current board president has spent the last 50 years serving the school district, attending his first school board meeting in the district back in 1964. For his service, Whitney was honored with a party involving friends, family and colleagues, where he was presented a proclamation from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and a plaque from the Ohio School Boards Association.

Rob Delane, Deputy Executive Director for the Ohio School Boards Assoc., says he has only presented one other award for a person with 50 years of service and guesstimates that Whitney is in the "one-tenth of one-percent of people who will reach that level of service to their community."

Whitney, who has resided in Lexington for his entire life, says that he never set out to be a record breaker, but has "loved every minute" of serving on the board. At 79- years-young, he plans to run for re-election as long as his mind and his body are able to.

In other news, Lexington Local Schools are currently experimenting with new food services to test a cost savings effort the district will implement next school year. Food service Director Tricia Volz says her department has been operating with fewer staff this spring, after losing a number of people to retirement and restaffing. Volz says Lexington will be satelliting lunches from one elementary next school year to two other elementary schools in the district, which she estimates will save the district $127,000 next years alone with continued savings in the future.

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