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June 18, 2014

Board names new member

MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education Wednesday appointed a new board member — Larry Smith.

Smith is a retired project manager who worked in the commercial construction industry for 42 years. He also serves on the boards of several local organizations, including Comprehensive Connections and Lifeboat Alliance.

“I’m excited to participate in it,” Smith said of being on the school board. “Given the times that we all live in, I think that Mt. Vernon High School … is doing and moving in the right direction with their programs. And I’m just at this point glad to be a part of it and hope to be able to contribute.”

Smith added his experience in the construction industry should serve him well on the board, especially in light of the ongoing new high school project.

Smith replaces former MVTHS Board member Karen Goodwine, who stepped down in May due to ongoing health issues. Goodwine, a 14-year veteran of the board, was the board’s vice president at the time of her departure. Bill Beck is now the vice president.

The district received a total of two applicants for Goodwine’s position.

Superintendent Michael Smith said several factors led the board to select Larry Smith, including his longevity in the community, professional

experience and past public service with civic groups, among others.

“We know he’ll be a great addition to the board and look forward to him contributing, sharing his expertise as part of the board,” Michael Smith said.

Also on Wednesday, the board approved its amended budget for fiscal year 2014, which is balanced at this time, said Michael Smith.

“Right now, we’re not estimating using fund balances to balance the budget,” Smith said.

In this day and age, considering the challenges the district faces, having a balanced budget is an achievement, Smith said.

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