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Former ESC Superintendent appointed to board
Former ESC Superintendent appointed to board

Former South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) Superintendent Lowell Howard didn’t spend very much time away. Howard was appointed by the ESC Governing Board to fill an unexpired term left vacant by the passing of Board President Raymond Belcher.

“I am very appreciative and I think it’s an honor to serve on the Educational Service Center. I think the center is experiencing a newfound growth in services to the area schools, and I feel that the future is very bright for the organization and I hope to contribute to its growth,” Howard said.

Belcher was a long-standing businessman in the community and an extremely long-tenured educational board member, serving on many boards since the early 1960s. He was the owner of True Value New Boston and Toy Town for 43 years before retiring in 1998. He was also a former member of the Clay Local School Board, and an avid member of the Rubyville Community Church.

Belcher passed away on Jan. 9 at the age of 83.

During a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4, the ESC Governing Board appointed Lowell Howard to complete the unexpired term, through Dec. 31, 2017.

Howard began his career as a social studies teacher at New Boston High School in 1970, later becoming principal and then superintendent. He retired from New Boston School in 2001 but continued serving districts in an interim capacity. He worked at Eastern Local, Rock Hill Local, and Manchester Local schools, and in 2007 he came out of retirement to become superintendent of the South Central Ohio ESC. Howard retired from the South Central Ohio ESC in July of 2015, ending more than 40 years in public education. Last fall, Howard received the Ohio ESC Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

He indicated his intention to seek permanent election to the seat after this term expires.

Current ESC Superintendent Sandy Mers said she was pleased to have Howard join the board

“I think we’re very lucky that he is willing to serve as a board member. With his experience we can only get better,” Mers said.

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