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Oxley leaves Chesy BOE

 

CHESAPEAKE — Recently appointed Chesapeake school board member Carl Lilly is the new president of the district’s board of education.

Lilly was named to the post during the school board’s regular Monday meeting following the resignation of Dr. Kim Oxley. Oxley had just started her second term.

First-time member Jerry Frye was named vice president.

This is the third time in two years that there has been a vacancy on the Chesapeake board. The first came in April of 2010 when Bill Pratt was appointed to county commission. At that time the board was at an impasse in choosing his replacement, putting the decision onto the county’s probate/juvenile judge.

Then Ironton attorney Curt Anderson was appointed to serve out the year.

This spring Jerry Osborne resigned from the board citing health reasons. He was replaced by Lilly, who anticipates a replacement for Oxley to be in place by mid-July.

“We are going to have an early meeting for an executive session for personnel matters and we will probably bring names up then,” Lilly said. “We may bring up some names to bring up in open session.”

Also during the meeting the board approved spending an additional $107,000 on the ongoing athletic complex project. In August the school district began work on building a new football and soccer field and track with new bleachers and concession stands. Anticipated price tag for the construction currently stands at an approximately $3 million project.

The expenditure is to pay for removing soil and replacing it with sand and gravel before Astroturf can be installed.

According to Lilly the contractor had allocated $15,000 for soil removal. However, core samplings have shown more extensive work is required.