WCS Board Vice President Bivens resigns

Whitehall City Schools Board of Education Vice President, Joy Bivens, has resigned her position on the board effective April 23rd, 2018. The announcement for the decision came at the regular board meeting on Thursday, April 12th, at WYHS during closing comments by the board.

Bivens is currently the Director of Franklin County Job and Family Services. It is an agency with an $80 million budget, over 600 employees, and more than 350,000 customers. FCJFS serves Franklin County’s most vulnerable residents, most notably, families and children. Bivens was also recently appointed to the National Association of Counties’ Health and Human Services and Education Committee where she is a voice for the issues of poverty facing children and families in Franklin County and on a national level.

With the dramatic increase in responsibilities in her work and personal life, Bivens felt that it would be in the community’s best interest for her to step down from her position on the WCS Board of Education.

Joy Bivens has made a positive, lasting impact on the lives of young people in Whitehall through her work on the board. She has campaigned for a more rigorous curriculum and new career readiness services. Bivens pushed the district to embrace new technology to help educators make data-driven, trauma-informed interventions in the lives of students. Above all, she advocated the importance of diversity in all arenas from the classroom to the boardroom.

Whitehall City Schools would like to thank Joy Bivens for her outstanding service and dedication to the students, parents, and staff of our school district. We wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors and know she will remain a stalwart of strength in our community.

Whitehall City Schools will begin accepting applications to fill the vacant board seat on Friday, April 13th, with the hopes of appointing a new member by the regularly scheduled board meeting in May. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to the Superintendent’s office by noon on Monday, April 23rd.
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