The Ada Kiwanis Club met on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at noon at Ohio
Northern University’s McIntosh Center. President Tom Kier conducted the
Meri Skilliter, Superintendent Ada Exempted Village Schools, was welcomed as a guest.
Bennett, club member and director of the Ada Public Library, introduced
Skilliter, superintendent of the Ada Exempted Village Schools, who is
also a member pf the Library Board. She presented an interesting program
on the state of education in the State of Ohio.
Superintendent, who became head of the local district on January 1st,
said that she has enjoyed the past six weeks becoming acquainted with
the school and its employees.
Skilliter noted that she and her
husband Rick, a retired Bluffton Police Chief, live on the outskirts of
that village, so it is a much quicker drive to Ada than McComb Schools,
where she previously worked as Superintendent for three and one have
years, before coming to Ada on January 1st. Prior that, she taught in
The Bluffton Village Schools and was a Principal in the Gibsonburg
School system Skilliter also noted she is mother of three sons, one age
24 and twin boys, age 20. All three are currently attending college.
then spoke about the “Every Student Succeeds Act”. On Dec. 10, 2015,
President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (or ESSA), a
long-awaited overhaul of federal education law. Passed with bipartisan
support, ESSA represents a shift from broad federal oversight of primary
and secondary education to greater flexibility and decision making at
the state and local levels. The law replaces the No Child Left Behind
Ohio is committed to involving educators, parents and other
stakeholders as we explore new ways to ensure that all our students
receive the education they need for bright futures.
that states develop plans that address standards, assessments, school
and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools.
then offered some suggestions about what individuals can do to help.
They are as follows: • Read all that you can about the issue. • Express
your concerns to your state legislators. • Attend stakeholders meetings.
She said the next meeting will be held at Bath Elementary School on
Wednesday, Feb. 22. • Offer your feedback at the meeting.
She then answered questions from several members.
• Members heard an updated financial report from Treasurer Bryan Marshall.
Jon Umphress reported on correspondence received from Kiwanis
International that they will join with Lions Clubs International, Rotary
International, Junior Chamber International and Optimist International
to invite members worldwide to demonstrate our potential collective
impact on an unprecedented scale by participating in a new International
Week of Service, March 26 through April 1. Additional details will be
• Joe Ferguson reported that the committee plans to
set another planning meeting before the end of the month for a potential
Hardin County Key Club. He also reported that it is hopeful that a few
proposed members of the news club will assist with the Ada club’s annual
Pancake and Sausage Day. Members were urged to continue to sell
tickets. •The 50-50 drawing was won by Bob McCurdy.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:50 p.m.