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January 11, 2012

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www.oakwoodregister.com School Board welcomes new member By Dawn Beigel The Oakwood School Board introduced its newest member, Dayton area attorney Todd T. Duwel, at its organizational meet- ing Monday night. Duwel, who was elected in November to fill the expired term of Kathy Hollingsworth, has previ- ously served on the district's levy committee as chairperson, and as an advisory council member for Oakwood's Education Foundation and the Business Advisory Council. He currently practices with the Duwel law firm and is director/secretary for the Brian Hafer Foundation. He is a member of the Dayton Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association. Duwel, a 1990 graduate of Oakwood High School, also grad- uated from Miami University and the University of Dayton School of Law. He and his wife Lisa have three daughters. In addition, the school board chose current members Sam Davis and Chris Epley to serve as this year's president and vice-presi- dent, respectively. In his State of the Schools address, Davis men- tioned the district's pride in its Muttley Crew A half dozen dog owners and their pets were present and accounted for at the Oakwood Dog Park at Shafor Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon. The park has become a hot spot for dog owners and their canines to socialize. The park is open from dawn to dark, seven days a week. 12th consecutive "Excellent with Distinction," along with high expectations and involvement of parents, and students eager and ready to pursue education. "Rest assured, the Board does not take this winning combination for granted. Nor do we relax in our efforts to seek higher levels of achievement for our students," said Davis. "We employ the fin- est team of administrators, teach- ers and staff in the State of Ohio, and they work around the clock and beyond the scope of any job description." Davis also assigned Board members to the following posi- tions for this year: • Michael Miller—Student Achievement/Communication Liaison • Elizabeth Reger—PTO Liaison • Todd Duwel—Education Foundation and Facilities Committee Liaison • Chris Epley—Legislative Liaison Davis himself will serve on the Business Advisory/Finance Committee. Among appointments for 2012, Treasurer Kevin Philo will Todd Duwel serve as the public records train- ing designee; Michael Miller will serve as Ohio School Boards Association Student Achievement/ Communication liaison; Elizabeth Reger and Todd Duwel will serve as delegate and alternate, respec- tively, to the OSBA annual confer- ence; and Superintendent Dr. Mary Jo Scalzo will serve as the anti- harassment complaint coordinator. Appointments further made by Scalzo include: • Pam Taiclet—Compliance Officer, EMAD Coordinator and Liaison for Homeless Children. • Kevin Philo—OSHA Safety Director, Prevailing Wage Coordinator and Toxic Hazard Preparedness Officer. Proceeding into their regu- lar meeting that night, the Board heard highlights of the presenta- tion that Oakwood's Professional Development Committee gave at a recent Learning Forward confer- ence in California. Committee members and teach- ers Dr. Karen Swisher, Josh Dear and Ann Whitehair spoke of sev- eral Professional Development elements they presented at the event, such as professional learn- ing committees (PLCs), site vis- its, PD days, the PD partnership with Centerville Schools, confer- ences and workshops, and pizza and PD sessions. Swisher said others attending the conference were especially impressed by Oakwood's pizza and PD sessions which they had never heard of and are excited to try in their districts. "I think they did a wonder- ful job presenting," said Oakwood curriculum director Dr. Kimbe Lange. She also said people at the conference were impressed that Oakwood's PD presentation was given by its own teachers. "The audience was so impressed with our district PD model. It real- ly struck a chord with people," added Whitehair. Among public commendations at the School Board meeting were: • Recognizing January as School Board Appreciation Month. Student members of the principal/ superintendent cabinet presented each Board member with a certifi- cate of appreciation. • Congratulating Muse Machine students for their upcoming pro- duction of The Wizard of Oz this Thursday-Sunday at the Victoria Theatre. Students include Abby Coyle, Rollie Fisk, Ellen Geiselman, Steven Hix, Tiffany Loftus, Amy Malone, Paige McDonald, Hayley Penchoff, Vivi Raab, Mackenzie Reed, Callia Tellez and Laura Walters. Among legislation at the meeting, the Board: • Set the tuition for typically devel- oping student participation in the district's preschool program at $1,100 per child for next school year, and at $1,200 per child for the following school year. Photo by Lance Winkler Arts Etc... Education - 2 Pull-Out Section 5 - 22 Arts 23 Sports - 24 POlice Report -26 Find Us On Arts, Etc... SPECIAL PULL-OUT SECTION

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