2017-02-17 / Today's Top Stories

Minnick appointed to fill Athens School Board vacancy

Feb. 21 board meeting canceled

By Nathan Brown

Staff Writer

ATHENS — After last month’s sudden resignation of former Athens Board of Education member Jason Johnson, the board approved to fill the vacancy during Wednesday’s meeting.

Following an interview and a lengthy executive session, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Kathy Jo Minnick to the board.

Minnick will represent Region III, which includes Ridgebury, Smithfield and Ulster townships.

She is a current resident of Ridgebury and is employed at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital as a registered nurse.

“I have a lot of interest in what the future holds for education,” said Minnick. “And being on the board is going to allow me to serve the students and the taxpayers of the district.”

When Minnick and her family of four moved to the area 17 years ago, she stated that she and her husband purposely chose Athens School District as the place where they wanted to raise their two children.

“I want to take a more active role in providing for our children, for our students,” stated Minnick. “Education is important and I think we need to be role models and set examples for the students.”

During her interview, she stated that she believes the largest challenge that the district faces is simply “money.”

“My biggest concern is the budget. Fiscal responsibility,” she added. “Both by the board and for the taxpayers.”

Additionally, during Wednesday’s meeting, board President Robert Fauver announced that the meeting scheduled for Feb. 21 has been canceled.

Nathan Brown can be reached at (570) 265-2151 ext. 1639 or email: nbrown@thedailyreview.com.

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