The Ada Kiwanis Club met on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at noon at Ohio Northern University’s McIntosh Center. President Tom Kier conducted the meeting.

Meri Skilliter, Superintendent Ada Exempted Village Schools, was welcomed as a guest.

Amanda 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.

The new 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.

She 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 Act.

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.

ESSA requires that states develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools.

She 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.

In business:

• 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 forthcoming.

• 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.