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Ashland School Board President Not Seeking Re-Election

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 6/25/2013Ashland School Board President Tom Lavinder will not seek re-election to the board of education. The new term commences Jan. 1, 2014. Lavinder made the announcement at the school board regular meeting Monday night. Lavinder is making a bid for a seat on the state legislature in either 2014 or 2016 in the Senate.Lavinder cited his decision was based on several key issues that are affecting public education that he has witnessed during his more than 30 years as a school administrator.  "Prior to being on the school board in Ashland the last four years I served as the superintendent of Loudonville-Perrysville and Montepelier schools and business manager of Ashland City Schools. During my time I've seen more things coming out of Columbus such state mandates and changes in funding for schools," Lavinder said. "I've decided I want to be involved at the state level to make things better for public education," Lavinder said.   Lavinder encouraged any Ashland resident interested in children and the future of the school district to file petitions to run for a seat on the school board in November. Lavinder also encouraged more women in the community to run for a position on the board which he believes would a bonus for the district. The board praised Lavinder for dedication to the district.  Lavinder told the board it was a privilege and honor to have worked with them over the past three-and-a-half years.
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