The Zanesville City Schools first Board of Education meeting of the new year was held Wednesday. With the recent passing of City Schools employee Darrell Lear, the district is continuing on with work, despite its loss. Click the video link on the left to watch reporter Mark Bullion's full story.
"I know I can hear him in my mind right now saying hey, I'm okay, you guys go ahead and do your job. "
Those are the words from Zanesville City Schools Superintendent Terry Martin at tonight's Board of Education meeting. Martin says the passing of Lear has left faculty, staff, and students deeply saddened.The board is planning one last goodbye for Darrell for employees of the district.
"We've spent several hours throughout this week planning on a memorial for all of our staff that will be held friday at 2:00 at Faith United Methodist Church," says Martin.
A memorial bench and tree will also be planted in Lear's remembrance as part of a larger project the district plans to pursue.
"It will be the first part of what will become a memorial park that we want to establish on campus," adds Martin.
Despite the passing of Darrell Lear almost a couple weeks ago, Martin says the community and district must move on, and with 2011 here, he says there are just a few housekeeping items left for the district.
"We still have several projects throughout the high school campus we need to have finished. We have a few things left with Solsburger and the athletic fields up there and also at the Grover Cleveland Campus and Zane Grey campus to finish the landscaping work there. "
Martin along with Board of Education Vice President Brian Swope add that getting technology up to grade, finishing the high school parking lot, and making sure the heating and cooling systems work properly are all on the district's final checklist.
"We're going to continue moving on academically, we want to try to be the best school district in counties, surrounding counties or in the state of Ohio, we're moving the right way and going in the right way so hopefully we continue to do that," says Brian Swope, Vice President Zanesville City Schools Board of Education.
Swope says the construction project in its entirety is expected to be completed by next summer.