The South-Western City School District Board of Education on Jan. 23 appointed two members to the Southwest Public Libraries board of trustees.

The South-Western City School District Board of Education on Jan. 23 appointed two members to the Southwest Public Libraries board of trustees.

The board appointed Janet Shailer to a new term ending Dec. 31, 2018, and Donna Carter to finish out former trustee Marc Mays' unexpired term, through Dec. 31, 2014.

Both are Grove City residents. Shailer is a former editor with the Columbus Messenger Newspapers. Carter is a retired educator and elementary principal. She was principal at Prairie Norton Elementary School for more than 16 years.

Trustees serve seven-year terms. Other SPL trustees are Kay Byard, Jill Billman-Royer, Richard Curtiss, Lisa Leasure and Patricia Moncman.

Because the school district and the library district have the same boundaries, the school board named the trustees under provisions of Ohio Revised Code section 3375.15. Most of the state's 251 libraries have boundaries that match a school district.

Also at the meeting, staff development coordinator Deanna Lowers presented staff development goals for the year.

They include improved communication about staff professional development opportunities, creating free online courses for district administrators and coaches, and developing an evaluation tool that measures how professional development affects student achievement.

"We think (professional development) is one of the primary reasons we've continued to get better academically," superintendent Bill Wise said.

Board members appointed two individuals to administrative positions with contracts of one year and 99 days, both effective Feb. 1.

They appointed Melvina Torbert as coordinator of state-federal programs at the District Service Center. She will have a base salary of $86,815.

The board also appointed Margaret Towery as coordinator of curriculum for reading, language arts, foreign language, social studies, unified arts, and library services at the District Service Center. She will have a base salary of $89,446.

Also at the meeting, Lowers recognized teachers Jay DiMasso of South-Western Career Academy and Laura Ganim of Franklin Woods Intermediate School for achieving National Board Certification.

"National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession," Lowers said.

Since the program, a performance based assessment, began in 1993, 32 SWCS teachers have earned certification.

"Thank you for the hard work on behalf of children," Wise told the teachers.