The South-Western Board of Education unanimously elected Mindy Garverick as its president for 2014 during the board's annual organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 13.
Garverick served as vice president last year.
The board also elected Randy Reisling as vice president. He served the past year as board president.
Board members Karen Dover, Cathy Johnson and Lee Schreiner were sworn-in to their new terms on the board. The three ran unopposed in November. Schreiner was running for the first time after being appointed in July to fill a board vacancy.
Garverick thanked her board colleagues "for their vote of confidence" in electing her president.
"It really is an honor to serve with you and as your president," she said.
The board accomplished quite a lot over the past year under Reisling's leadership, she said, including breaking ground for five new elementary schools, beginning a process to revise elementary school attendance boundaries and ratifying new contracts with all three of the district's unions, Garverick said.
Lanza hired to coach Greyhounds
In business during its regular session, the board officially approved the hiring of Mike Lanza as Grove City High School football coach.
Lanza previously coached at Gahanna, Whitehall and Jonathan Alder.
He was introduced by GCHS Principal Mike Starner, who said the search committee "searched high and wide" before deciding Lanza was the right choice.
"His record stands for itself" and reflects a coach who treats the young men under his leadership "with class and dignity," Starner said.
Lanza said he was excited to be coming to a community that shows such a strong work ethic and support not only for its football team but for its entire school district.
In other action Jan. 13, the board also approved a contract with 2K General Co. for the second phase of the Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods elementary school renovation projects.
The company's bid of $6.33 million was the lowest total bid among the 10 firms that submitted offers. The company also submitted the lowest base bid.