The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

March 14, 2014

New trustee board member chosen in Elwood

ELWOOD — The Elwood Community Schools Board of Trustees has named Matthew Todd to fill a vacancy created by Richard Herndon's decision to retire before his term expires next January.

Todd will represent District 1 and will have to run for office to keep his seat past January 15, 2015. The board voted on his appointment Thursday.

Elwood School Superintendent Tim Smith said on Friday that he was not personally acquainted with Todd, who was one of two people who applied to to fill the vacancy. The other person was Monna Hunt, Smith said.

Efforts to reach Todd and other member members of the board were not successful on Friday.

Reardon, who was formerly board president, said he decided to retire in late February after 25 years as a board member.

"It was time for somebody younger to come in," Reardon said. Serving on a school board is "a very difficult job, especially when funds are tight."

Nevertheless Reardon, a retired teacher himself, said he will miss helping to set school policy.

"If you spend 25 years doing something, of course you're going to miss it," he said, "but it's time to move on."

In other news, David Retherford, principal of Elwood High School, and Jim Pearson, director of career-technical and adult education at Hinds Career Center, provided the board with detailed reports on site visits earlier this month from AdvancEd, a national accreditation organization that helps schools improve performance.

Both administrators reported that the site visits went well and they expect the accreditation to be approved in June.

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