District honors 'phenomenal' Nancy Brown

Cary Ashby • Jan 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM

MONROEVILLE — Nancy Brown attended her last Monroeville school board meeting in mid-December.

Board members and administrators honored Brown’s 9 1/2 years of service to the district during the regular board meeting. She received the gift of a rocking chair from Monroeville Local Schools.

Superintendent Ralph Moore shared how Brown, who declined to seek re-election, put her “thumbprint” on many parts of the school system. Calling her “the epitome of what a board member should be,” Moore said Brown has shown great leadership and put the students in “the forefront of every decision.”

“Her heart has always been in the right place,” the superintendent added.

“She is a phenomenal person,” president Betsy Ruggles said. “She was president and vice-president for years. She has spent hours for the school.”

Brown most recently was the board vice-president.

“I really enjoyed working with her,” Ruggles said. “She has been a great asset to the school.”

Having done community or public service for 43 years, Brown said “it was a bittersweet decision,” but she decided it was a good time to leave the board while the district is moving in a positive direction. The 1972 MHS graduate plans to spend more time with her husband, family and grandchildren.

“I think the board and district (are) very proud of the MAC building,” Brown said, referring to the Monroeville Athletic Complex, which debuted in 2016.

She said she is proud of the addition of the preschool through third-grade building funded by community tax dollars, the positive behavioral interventions and support (PBIS) services, success of the district robotics teams, required community service hours for graduation and Anti-Virus, a group that teaches and focuses on morals and being kind.

Brown also said a big accomplishment was the district going from being “almost bankrupt” to having a cushion in the general fund.

With Brown’s term ending Dec. 31, the district is seeking a person to fill her spot on the board.

“We are taking applications right now for the vacancy,” Ruggles said. “We are taking applications until the position is filled.”

Applications can be picked up in the board office from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. All completed applications should be returned to the office and also can be mailed to: Monroeville Local Schools, BOE office c/o Treasurer Stephanie Hanna, 101 West St., Monroeville, Ohio 43452.

The earliest the new board member would be appointed would be at the Jan. 20 meeting. There will be an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

“The appointment is for two years,” said Ruggles, who noted the appointee would have to seek election after that.

The school board also accepted more than $500 in donations Tuesday. They included: A $250 grant from the Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) for the MHS class; $235.50 from the MHS PBIS team to The Salvation Army for holiday dinners for those in need; and $50 from Judy Goble, of Monroeville, for kindergarten and the second grade.

Also, the board approved an $800 donation from TLC for the medical bills of Don Beck, of Bellevue. The 1984 MHS graduate and a schools’ employee was a senior on the ’84 state basketball championship team.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the $4,050 Then and Now certificate to use state grant money for consultation, training and “wraparound services.”

“The training is for wraparound services we are implementing with the student wellness and success funds,” treasurer Stephanie Hanna said.

“Wraparound services in schools are designed to give a child the support he or she needs throughout the school day, whether the support is academic, social or behavioral. That means family, student, teachers, school administrators and guidance counselors.”

• Approved the senior class ski trip, which will be March 11 through 13.

• Approved Kathy Hohler, of Monroeville, as a trustee for the Monroeville Public Library. Her term will start Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 21, 2026.