Kasich reappoints four members to State Board of Education

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making no changes in his appointments to the State Board of Education.

The Republican today reappointed four at-large members whose terms expired yesterday -- Cathye J. Flory of Logan, Teresa A. Elshoff of New Knoxville, Thomas W. Gunlock of Centerville and Joseph L. Farmer of Baltimore in Fairfield County. Their new terms expire on Dec. 31, 2018.

The State Board of Education, which oversees state K-12 school policy and the superintendent of public instruction, consists of 11 members elected in nonpartisan races and eight members appointed by the governor.

The Republican-dominated board made headlines last year with its vote to abolish school-staffing requirements that critics contend would allow districts to eliminate art teachers, librarians, counselors and other staff members. The decades-old "5 of 8" rule mandated that schools have at least five of those eight positions for every 1,000 students.

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