The newly constituted Reynoldsburg Board of Education "cleaned house," so to speak, at its annual organizational meeting Jan. 4, voting 4-1 to change locations and the start time of meetings and to not retain Pepple & Waggoner, the law firm that represented the district during the 2014 teachers strike.

The newly constituted Reynoldsburg Board of Education "cleaned house," so to speak, at its annual organizational meeting Jan. 4, voting 4-1 to change locations and the start time of meetings and to not retain Pepple & Waggoner, the law firm that represented the district during the 2014 teachers strike.

Joe Begeny, who was elected board president for 2016, asked that the contract with Pepple & Waggoner be handled as a separate vote. The firm was listed with Bricker & Eckler and Onda, LaBuhn, Rankin & Boggs on the agenda as an action item to retain the three legal firms.

"I believe their (Pepple & Waggoner) intent does not always align with the intent of the public," Begeny said.

Pepple & Waggoner also represented the Strongsville school district during a teachers strike there in 2013 and has been the law firm of choice for many districts in Ohio where teachers strikes are pending.

Former board president Elaine Tornero cast the only "aye" vote to retain Pepple & Waggoner. She also voted against motions to rotate meeting locations to various school buildings and to create two new school board committees-a personnel and a safety and security committee.

The next school board meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.