Jim Clinger has never missed a regular meeting during the 24 years he has served on the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education.

Elected to six consecutive four year terms, he chose to retire at the end of the current term, December 31, 2015.

In recognition and appreciation of his service he will be honored with a reception Monday, December 14. Hosted by the board members and administrative staff, the reception, open to the public will be held in the high school library from 6:15 to 7 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Clinger, a 1972 Cardington High School graduate, was chairman of the building committee in 1992 seeking passage of the $23 million levy to fund the remodeling and new construction of the district’s buildings.

That was also the first year he ran for office. During his tenure, he worked with three district superintendents, Patrick Drouhard, Mark Wilcheck and the current superintendent Brian Petrie. He served as the board president for several terms, at times alternating with Susie Peyton and Chuck Jones.

He is pleased with many of the improvements made to the district buildings during his tenure, most recently those made on the Fisher Athletic Field, the new score board, lighting and the concession stand improvements.

He is serving his eighth year on the Tri Rivers Career Center Board, having been appointed during the first years when the appointee was to be a board member. That has changed and the representative can be a member of the school district appointed by the board. He has one year to serve to complete the current term to which he was appointed.

Clinger and his wife, Rosemary, a CHS graduate are parents of two daughters, also graduates of the school

Clinger cites two accomplishments that he will take with him, “getting the district buildings built and renovated and having perfect attendance the entire 24 years.”

“I urge others to get involved with community service to the school by seeking office or volunteering with the many groups in the school,” he said.”

Clinger has been employed with Exact Macola as a computer programmer for 21 years and currently works with the company in Dublin.

Evelyn Long is a correspondent with the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at [email protected].

By Evelyn Long

for the Morrow County Sentinel