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Greer, Lassiter stepping down from school board

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Two Marysville Board of Education members will not seek re-election in November.

Doug Lassiter and Tracy Greer made the announcement at the board's July 18 meeting.

Both cited a lack of family time among reasons for stepping down.

"I think, to do this job right, you have to spend a lot of time at it. My kids are sick of seeing me go off to meetings," Lassiter said.

"Mine is the exact same," Greer said. "Grace is 13 and Eliza is 10 and they would be home by themselves (during meetings). Four years ago, my husband was home in the evenings and now he's working second shift."

Both have served four years on the school board and said they think the board runs more smoothly now than it has in the past.

"Where we have moved from where we were four years ago to where we are now -- the board is run more professionally now," Greer said.

"I really think God has had his hand on this," Lassiter said. "With Sue (Devine) and Amy (Powers) coming on, I really think it was God's will to have them on this board."

Anyone interested in running for a seat on the board can find a "declaration of candidacy" form to collect petition signatures on the Ohio Secretary of State's website.

The deadline for filing nominating petitions with the Union County Board of Elections is Aug. 7 to get on the November ballot.

New MHS principal

In other business July 18, the board accepted the resignation of Marysville High School Principal Matt Chrispin, who is leaving after nearly seven years to become superintendent of the Fredericktown Local school district.

The board agreed to hire Aaron Cook to succeed Chrispin. He will be paid $100,000 a year plus benefits, effective Aug. 1, plus $384.62 per day for five transition days worked in July.

Cook was not at the board meeting because he was on a family vacation. He was offered the position while traveling.

In a written statement sent to the school board, he said he was "extremely humbled and honored you have entrusted me to lead Marysville High School.

"I am excited to be returning to Marysville, where I got my start as an educator. I look forward to meeting all of you and the rest of the Marysville team in the coming weeks."

Cook started in the Marys-ville school district 11 years ago as a math teacher at the old Marysville Middle School. He then went to the Delaware school district, where he was an assistant principal at Dempsey Middle School for three years and an assistant principal at Delaware Hayes High School for three years.

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