Fort Frye BOE appoints leaders

BEVERLY – With the decision to switch up leadership for 2014, the Fort Frye Board of Education appointed current members to different positions while also welcoming some new faces at its beginning of the year organizational meeting Monday evening.

Former board vice president Charlie Schilling was appointed to the position of president while former president Johnna Zalmanek was appointed to the position of vice president.

In addition to the new appointments, Stephanie Lang of Lowell and Lloyd Booth of Whipple joined the board after being elected in November.

Several members commented on how excited they were for the changes and new faces.

“We (Schilling and Zalmanek) have worked well together in the past, and I think it’s important that we continue to work well together,” Schilling said. “I’ve learned a lot from Johnna; she’s a very good board member.”

Schilling, a Beverly native and current resident with a real estate company nearby, said his convenient location to the Fort Frye schools and area means he will have plenty of time to dedicate to his position.

This is his third year on the board.

“I’m excited that we’re able to invest in education,” Schilling said. “We’ve done well over the last couple years at being more efficient. It’s shown with the leadership we have, and it’s nice to be in that situation as compared to other districts in the area, where you know it’s tough when a plant closes or something. I’m an optimist.”

Lang, a radiologic technologist at Marietta Memorial Hospital with children in Fort Frye schools, said she is excited to get to work with her new colleagues.

“I’ve been pulling for the students for a number of years and I realized if we don’t become actors in the kids’ lives in making sure they get a good education, then our future will be dead,” she said.

In the near future, Lang said she is mostly looking forward to continuing to improve education.

“I’m excited about the group we’re working with. I feel comfortable with them too,” she said. “I just think it’s a great atmosphere where people work really great together.”

Booth, a former Fort Frye student who put his own children through the school district and now has grandchildren attending, is eager to get to work.

Although new to the school board system, Booth is retired from Highland Ridge Water in Marietta and is the company’s board president and one of its founding members.

“This board, the composition of it, is one I believe will work together nicely. We all have the same goals in mind,” Booth said. “I believe that we’ll look out for the future of the school district and the kids; that’s what we’re after.”

For its 2014 regular meetings, the board will meet at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month.