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'I think the people got it right'

Zoe Greszler • Jan 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM

WILLARD — The Willard City Schools board of education welcomed a new member and elected its president and vice president Monday night.

Rick Willoughby, a former teacher and school coach for the Crimson Flashes, was voted in to the position at the November ballot. He replaces Lisa Bohach. Also on the ballot to seek a new term were Rod Cok and Marsha Danhoff. The public voted in their favor.

As part of the organizational meeting held before the board’s regular session, existing board member Chris Rothhaar took over the role as president, with Danhoff serving as his vice president. 

Rothhaar said he couldn’t have been happier to welcome Willoughby, whom he said will round out the board and provide something it was lacking.

“From the board’s standpoint, I love the fact that he’s a former teacher,” Rothhaar said.

“He brings a lot of educational background from the other side of the fence. I’m actually thrilled to have a teacher’s perspective on the board. He’s a retired teacher, but still, that just thrills me. We have somebody on the board to help us make the best decisions we can. We also were making (decisions) that were a little uneducated, or at least, we didn’t have it from that perspective before.”

With Willoughby’s involvement not only as a teacher and coach, but also in the school’s arts, Rothhaar said he is “very well rounded.”

“If you look at all the candidates that were on the ballot, he’s probably the most well-rounded of the bunch,” he said. “I think the people got it right. I don’t want to say anything less of Lisa, who was a wonderful board member for years, but this is good.”

Also Monday, the school board discussed the possibility of adding a performing arts center. A story about that subject will be published in Wednesday’s newspaper.

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