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Fairfield school board member resigns

The Fairfield Area school board accepted the resignation of one of its members on Monday evening.

Richard Phillip, a board member and PSBA legislative chairperson, resigned effective March 21, according to the board agenda. His resignation was unanimously approved along with the rest of the board’s consent agenda.

No reason was given for Phillip’s resignation. He joined the board in December 2021.

The district will accept applications for the opening through noon Friday, April 8.

According to information posted to the district’s website, candidates will be interviewed during the regular board meeting on April 11. A candidate will be named during the meeting on April 25. The appointment will be effective starting April 26.

The board unanimously approved a replacement for its business manager and board secretary, Tom Weaver.

Tim A. Stanton will begin work on April 11.

“I look forward to working with the staff and working with your superintendent and working with the board through the superintendent, all for the purpose of trying to make the best education possible for the students based on the resources that are available to us,” Stanton said.

Weaver said he is preparing information for Stanton to make it easier to take his place.

“Let me also say on a personal note, it’s been a pleasure to work with all of you over these last seven months,” Weaver said. “It’s been a challenge but it has been rewarding. I can certainly say there are a tremendous amount of dedicated people here in this district, as you all know, and it’s been a real pleasure to work with them.”

On behalf of the board, Board President Jennifer Holz thanked Weaver for his service to the district.

Other business

This summer, the district may install about 75 smart boards, according to Kaleb Crawford, coordinator of computer services and technology.

Crawford said his initial plan to order smart board brackets was derailed when he realized the mounts were on backorder for over a year, but he was able to co-design new brackets with a machine shop. Crawford said he hopes to begin installing the new smart boards when the school year ends.

Each building will receive about 25 smart boards. The money will come from ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) II grant funds, according to Superintendent Thomas Haupt.

Honey Strosnider, the board’s student representative, said the Foreign Language Club is seeking toiletries and first aid items to donate to Ukraine.

A representative for Fairfield Youth Basketball gave two checks to the board. One was a $500 check for the girls’ high school basketball team to thank them for assisting with two basketball clinics. The other was a $2000 check for the boys’ basketball team, which helped with clinics, refereeing games and other tasks, according to the representative.

The board will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11. Meetings are held in the district board room and are livestreamed on the district’s YouTube page.

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