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2022-23 District Calendar Release

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Superintendent's Update

Thank you to all who attended the January 11th Board of Education meetings. It was great to see a large turnout and to afford so many in the community a chance to speak. If there is anyone who like to schedule a meeting with me, please contact Sonya Overholt in the District Office to schedule an appointment. I look forward to working with all of you in building positive relationships to help move our district forward.

Below is also a statement that was released as a follow up to Monday's post regarding the possible conflict of interests with some of our new Board of Education members.

Joint Statement regarding opinion from the Ohio Attorney General's Office on compatibility of positions
Since receiving the opinion from the Ohio Attorney General on the compatibility of positions for Paul Napier and Nathan Bellman, identifying several conflicts their service on the Board may cause, the Knox County Prosecutor and counsel for the gentlemen have been discussing how the conflicts may be addressed, while affording Napier and Bellman the opportunity to serve on the Board and continue in their employment with the Knox County Career Center. That resolution has not yet been finalized but is being explored. The issue will remain an issue exclusively between the gentlemen, the Prosecuting Attorney and the Ohio Attorney General. It will not be an issue involving the Board of Education, though it could have implications for the Board. It is an obligation of the Board, as an entity, to comply with the law and to avoid conflicts of interest. Once the issue was raised, it was properly disclosed to the Prosecuting Attorney. The parties look forward to work together on a resolution of this issue.

- James P. Peterson, Interim Superintendent

Letter to the Community regarding opinion from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on compatibility of positions

Dear Community Members,

We understand there is a significant amount of discussion and concern regarding the eligibility of board members-elect, Paul Napier and Nathan Bellman. We would like to share some information so that our community understands what the issue is.

The Board of Education, Mr. Bellman and Mr. Napier recently received a copy of an opinion from the Office of the Ohio Attorney General that Mr. Napier and Mr. Bellman, who were recently elected to the Board of Education and who are regularly employed by the Knox County Career Center, hold positions of employment which are incompatible with service on the Board of Education. A copy of that opinion is attached.

This issue arose because community members raised the potential conflict with board members. Upon inquiry, both the Ohio School Boards Association and the Board’s legal counsel reviewed the situation, and concluded that the positions were likely incompatible based on a 2003 opinion from the Attorney General involving a career center principal. Given the election results, and the unquestionable concerns that this would raise, we needed a definitive answer on this question. The Ohio Attorney General is the authoritative source on issues like this. So, the Board’s statutory counsel, the Knox County Prosecutor, requested an opinion from the Ohio Attorney General based on the specific facts in this situation. This is not an uncommon type of request.

In an opinion issued December 22, 2021, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office used a seven part test and presented five separate reasons why Mr. Napier and Mr. Bellman cannot serve in 

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