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School chief plans exit from Palestine

December 6, 2011
By KATIE SCHWENDEMAN - Staff Writer , Morning Journal News

EAST PALESTINE - Three village school district employees are leaving their positions next summer, including Superintendent Tom Inchak.

Resignations for Inchak, Gregory Reeves and Jeff Richardson were unanimously approved by the Board of Education Monday. They will take effect in June and August of 2012.

Inchak has held the superintendent position since 2007 and spent a year prior to that as interim principal at the elementary school.

He replaced Jeff Richardson as superintendent, who served at the helm of the district 14 years before retiring in 2007.

Richardson was hired back on a full-time basis (working 183 days) shortly after his retirement and has served as director of curriculum and instruction, special education, gifted and talented education, and federal and state grants and programs, Inchak said.

Reeves and Richardson were not at the meeting and Inchak did not comment further on their resignations.

He also made no public comment as to why he chose to resign, but said after the meeting the decision wasn't based upon any "problems" within the district, or otherwise.

He added he doesn't plan on retiring but has not accepted a job elsewhere at this point.

Reeves officially retired last year after 35 years and spent this school year working on a part-time basis as technology director.

Inchak took a moment to thank board members for working together over the years and offered a special good-bye to Board Vice President John Hersh and Terry Allison, who have spent 12 and 8 years on the board respectively.

Sue Weigle and Douglas Lammert will replace them on the board in January.

"I thought we all worked together very effectively," Inchak said. "I've always appreciated your honesty and credibility, and your friendship. The world is not perfect and neither is East Palestine, but this district has certainly benefited from you being on board."

Board President Robert Grinder said Inchak has served with integrity and wished him and Richardson and Reeves and departing board members well.

Hersh said he's like to thank the citizens of East Palestine for their confidence the last 12 years and also wished new board members well.

In other business, the board approved non-renewing fall supplemental contracts; Christie Jacobs, Trish Ott, and Katie Bush as student teachers for the 2012-2013 school year; and purchasing an 84-passenger Thomas school bus from Myers Equipment Corporation at a cost of $90,501.

Inchak said the district typically purchases a new bus annually but did not purchase one last year due to finances.

The new bus will be immediately put on the road in order for the oldest bus in the fleet to be used as a spare, he added.

Board member Ron Novak asked when the buses would need new lettering since East Palestine is no longer a city.

Inchak said the lettering would be changed once the state makes that request.

The board also adopted a resolution approving membership in the Ohio School Board Association at a cost of $3,500.

The association serves as a resource to the district for timely information about legislation affecting school boards and districts, Inchak said.

The board also set the next meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 it the elementary school media center.



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