MT. VERNON — Karen Goodwine has resigned from the Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education due to ongoing health issues.
Her departure was announced at a meeting Monday night of the MVTHS Board. Goodwine was vice president of the board.
“We’re going to really miss her. Our prayers are with her,” said MVTHS Board member Robert Stewart. “This town, this district, has been very fortunate to have her service over the years. I don’t know what we’ll do without her.”
Goodwine has served on the board for a total of roughly 14 years.
She said in a telephone interview she feels bad about stepping down, but that her health issues would have made it difficult to devote sufficient time to her board duties.
“It’s going to be quite an ordeal and I didn’t feel like I could continue on,” Goodwine said.
Board President Carl Miller praised Goodwine for her financial expertise and ability to take a budget or financial statement and come up with pertinent questions.
“She will be sorely missed,” Miller said.
A firm time frame for replacing Goodwine has not been announced.
Also on Monday, the board approved an amendment to the district’s Professional Services Agreement with FGM Architects, which is providing architectural services for the new high school project.
School officials explained the agreement had to be amended due to the ongoing redesign of the new school and the fact that the construction will be rebid. A dollar amount for the amended agreement has not been released.
In addition Monday, the board approved hiring the Arthur Agency out of Carbondale to assist in the development of new MVTHS Rams logos and possibly a slogan to coincide with the new school’s opening. The contract with the Arthur Agency is for an amount not to exceed $5,000.