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School board

Director of business to retire in January


Hilliard school board members on Aug. 11 formally accepted the retirement of Jeff Franklin, director of business, effective Jan. 31, 2015.

Franklin's retirement was part of the consent agenda board members unanimously approved.

Franklin joined the school district in July 2000 after leaving a job with the Columbus Division of Police.

Franklin said he had been considering the decision for the past 18 months while discussing it with his wife, Peggy, an autism teacher leader at the district's central office.

Franklin said he notified the administration about two weeks ago of his intent to retire.

"I think it's simply time," he said.

Franklin said he looks forward to having more time to spend with his three grandchildren.

Jeff and Peggy Franklin have two daughters, Elizabeth Goodwin and Melissa Walther.

Superintendent John Marschhausen and board members thanked Franklin for his professionalism and service.

In other business Aug. 11:

* Board members authorized Franklin, through the Metropolitan Education Council, to advertise, receive bids and purchase eight new 77-seat conventional school buses.

* Board members approved bus routes for the current school year during the 12-minute session.

* At the conclusion of the meeting, members moved into a closed executive session for the stated purposes of discussing personnel and purchase, sale or lease of property.