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SGCS's newest Board member Rick Trump reviews paperwork before casting his first vote. (photo by wagner)

Trump fills vacant School Board seat

Trump fills vacant School Board seat
First vote is to hire school psychologist
by Katie Wagner
With a unanimous vote, the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees voted to appoint Richard “Rick” Trump to fill the vacant Smith Township District II Board seat at a special meeting Thursday night.
Board President Tanya Young said Trump is a great match for the Board because of his finance background.
Trump, who has a degree in accounting, is a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Columbia City and has 25 years of experience in controlling manufacturing companies.
Trump said he hopes to help out the community and students in his new position and thinks he can most benefit the Board through his financial and business backgrounds.
Besides the SGCS School Board, Trump is a member of the Homeless Shelter Board (InterFaith Mission/ Light-house Homeless Shelter) and the Whitley Neighborhood Crossing Board, as well as the Administrative Council at Columbia City United Methodist Church.
A lifetime Whitley County resident, Trump has lived in Churubusco for 25 years. He is married to Monica and has three children, Michael, a 2008 Churubusco High School graduate, Brian, a senior at CHS, and Nicole, a sophomore.
Minutes after taking the oath of office, Trump tried out his new seat and power, as the Board voted unanimously to hire a new school psychologist.
Jayne Evans will fill the vacant school psychologist position with a 195-day contract and $54,409 salary. Superintendent Steve Darnell noted that Evans is especially proficient in school testing, counseling groups and Response to Intervention (RTI) activities.
Evans taught music at the elementary level at Fort Recovery Local Schools in Fort Recovery, Ohio, from 1994 to 2008. She also filled the position of elementary guidance counselor at the schools from 1998 to 2008. She was a school psychologist intern for Parkway Local Schools in Ohio last school year after receiving a Master’s degree in school psychology from the University of Dayton in 2008. She also holds a Master’s degree in counseling and an Education Specialist degree. Evans has been a Piano and Organ instructor since 1974.

First vote is to hire school psychologist

by Katie Wagner

With a unanimous vote, the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees voted to appoint Richard “Rick” Trump to fill the vacant Smith Township District II Board seat at a special meeting Thursday night.

Edwards resigns from Board

Replacement being sought

by Dave Crabill

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Smith-Green School Board member Steve Edwards turned in his resignation during Monday night’s regular meeting.
Edwards, voted to the Board during the last election representing District 2, was only in his first year when he decided that due to scheduling conflicts he no longer could fulfill his duties.

Board Vice-President Cathy Petrie read the letter  and accepted his resignation as of August 4. She thanked Edwards for his time on the Board and wished him the best. “We enjoy having his kids in the district,” she said.