Jennifer Hollar-Young has resigned from the school board days after being indicted in connection with her full-time job
The Washington Court House School Board went into executive session within minutes of the opening of last night's meeting. When the members appeared again before the public 45 minutes later, they had prepared a statement regarding the resignation of School Board President Jennifer Hollar-Young.
Hollar-Young was recently indicted for Theft & Forgery in connection with her full-time position at the Fayette County Community Action Commission.
Vice President Kenith Upthagrove read the following statement: "Ms. Hollar-Young, who is in her second four-year-term resigned from the school board effective November 07, 2011. The Board must begin the process to replace Ms. Hollar-Young soon and name the replacement within 30 days."
In a letter to Washington Court House City Schools Superintendent Keith Brown and the Washington City School Board members, Ms. Hollar-Young stated that she was resigning for personal reasons and she apologies for the inconvenience caused. She went on to say she enjoyed her six years on the school board and can only hope that she served the district well.
Since Ms. Hollar-Young resigned, there is now an open position for a school board member. Mr. Upthegrove stated that citizens interested in being considered for appointment to the Washington Court House City Board of Education should pick up an application packet at the Central Office and return it by 4pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.
According to the Ohio School Boards Association, people serving on school boards in Ohio must be district residents and registered voters.
Mr. Upthegrove went on to say that the board will review all applications and decide on the replacement and make the announcement at the November 28, 2011 meeting.
Superintendent Keith Brown stated that "I felt like he had been kicked in the stomach from Ms. Hollar-Young's actions, but continued to say that the good work started will continue".
In other business, the board accepted a certificate from the State Board of Education for the commendation of achieving "Excellent" on the Local Report Card for the 2010-2011 school year. Mr. Brown gave all the credit to the teachers and staff of the district for receiving the rating. The board also moved the date of the next school board meeting from November 21, 2011 to November 28, 2011 7pm. The Board also announced that the auction for the Historic Middle School will take place November 14, 2011, 6pm at the district's central office.