Hayes senior joins board


By Glenn Battishill - [email protected]



Delaware City Schools Treasurer and CFO Melissa Swearingen administers the oath of office to incoming student Board of Education member Meg Wolf during Monday’s board meeting.

Delaware City Schools Treasurer and CFO Melissa Swearingen administers the oath of office to incoming student Board of Education member Meg Wolf during Monday’s board meeting.


Glenn Battishill | The Gazette

The Delaware City Schools Board of Education on Monday swore in its new student board member and discussed the 2022-2023 school year, which began today for students.

The meeting began with Treasurer and CFO Melissa Swearingen administering the oath of office to Meg Wolf, a Hayes High School senior who will serve as the student board member for the school year.

Wolf introduced herself to the board later in the meeting, stating she is involved in three varsity sports, National Honor Society, Mock Trial, Global Scholars and is an AP student.

“Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to serve on the board this year,” Wolf said. “I’m really, really excited. … I couldn’t be more grateful to be a Delaware City Schools student. I’m really excited to see what the next year looks like on the board.”

Board President Michael Wiener said he’s looking forward to hearing Wolf’s insights and working with her at future board meetings.

Jason Sherman, the district’s director of facilities and transportation, said the district is beginning the school year with a driver for all of its bus routes.

“Transportation-wise, we’re ready to go,” he said.

Sherman said the new Conger Elementary School expansion has been completed, and staff were given the go-ahead to move into those spaces on Monday. At Woodward Elementary, which is also receiving a new wing of classrooms, work will continue “down to the wire” to get everything ready for the school year.

“The staff (at Woodward) and construction folks are on a first-name basis at this point because they’ve worked together to get this building ready to go,” Sherman said. “I can’t say enough about the Woodward staff.”

Sherman said spaces for students will be ready for the first day of school but said other detail work will continue after-hours at the school.

“It’s really coming together very quickly, and it’s going to be beautiful when it’s finished,” Sherman said.

The board also approved a number of staffing changes, including the resignation of Amy Richardson, an intervention specialist at Woodward; Laura Kernan, an educational assistant at Conger; Ashley Millet, an educational assistant at Conger; and Regina Skidmore, a School-Aged-Child-Care (SACC) program assistant at Smith Elementary.

The board then approved a number of employments, including Eryn Gass, a ELA teacher at Schultz Elementary; Carol Langkamp, an intervention specialist at Woodward; Sarah Bieman, a kindergarten teacher at Conger; Jason Barnett, an educational assistant at Hayes; Jennifer Cochran, an educational assistant at Dempsey Middle School; Tatiana Lavette, an educational assistant at Woodward; Carolyn Porter, a cook/cashier at Dempsey; Sydney Strait, an educational assistant at Conger; Roberta Thomas, an educational assistant at Dempsey and Mary Wells, a cook/cashier at Dempsey.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 12.

Delaware City Schools Treasurer and CFO Melissa Swearingen administers the oath of office to incoming student Board of Education member Meg Wolf during Monday’s board meeting.
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By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.