As she begins her third stint serving as school board president with the South-Western City School District, Mindy Garverick has a clear vision of the role she and her board colleagues serve.

It's all about setting a vision, Garverick said.

"We hold a special meeting near the beginning of each year where we sit down with the superintendent, treasurer and administrators and review the issues facing the district," she said. "What we're trying to do is set the goals and vision for the district.

"We have a great team of administrators, and we let them go about implementing the goals we've set for the district," Garverick said.

"I don't want us to be an obstacle to letting them do their job."

Garverick, who is in the fourth year of her third term on the board, was elected by her colleagues Jan. 7 to serve as board president in 2019. She replaces Lee Schreiner, who served last year.

Schreiner recently was named president-elect for the Ohio School Boards Association. He will become OSBA president in 2020.

Garverick was first elected to the board in 2007 and won re-election in 2011 and 2015. She previously served as board president in 2011-12 and 2014.

"The district's in a really great place right now," she said. "With the successful passage of Issue 7, we're going to be able to move forward with the second phase of our Ohio Facilities Construction Commission project. We'll be looking to implement the financing and set things in place this year so we can start the project next year."

The 38-year, $93.4 million bond issue voters approved in November will fund the district's share of the cost of constructing new buildings at Brookpark, Finland, Norton and Pleasant View middle schools and renovating Jackson Middle School and East Franklin Elementary School.

The bond issue also will fund asphalt and roofing repairs throughout the district.

Academically, the district achieved its highest graduation rate last school year, Garverick said.

"We have more than 750 students who are receiving college credit this year and we're beginning to see the benefits of going to an all-day, every-day kindergarten program and the impact it has, especially with the Third-Grade Reading Guarantee (set by the state)," she said.

Financially, the district is in strong shape with a five-year forecast showing it will be in the black through 2023, Garverick said.

"All of this has been accomplished thanks to the hard work of our administrators, staff and teachers and the support of the community," she said.

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