Lowe recognized at board meeting

| October 10, 2014
Retirement: Retiring Coshocton City Schools’ treasurer Gary Lowe (center) is pictured with Superintendent Dr. David Hire (left) and school board President Dr. Jere Butcher. Lowe steps down after 32 years as treasurer on Saturday, Nov. 1. A retirement celebration / open house is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the new elementary library. The public is invited. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

Retirement: Retiring Coshocton City Schools’ treasurer Gary Lowe (center) is pictured with Superintendent Dr. David Hire (left) and school board President Dr. Jere Butcher. Lowe steps down after 32 years as treasurer on Saturday, Nov. 1. A retirement celebration / open house is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the new elementary library. The public is invited. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

COSHOCTON – Following the official business of the Coshocton City Schools Board at its regular monthly meeting held Thursday, Oct. 9, in the new elementary school library, the board recognized long time treasurer Gary Lowe for his many years of service to the district. Lowe steps down after 32 years as treasurer for the Coshocton City Schools district effective Saturday, Nov. 1. Mrs. Felicia Drummey will become the interim treasurer on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Lowe had this to say about his service, “I’ve always enjoyed the fact that at Coshocton we always feel like family. You don’t get that in huge districts. Maybe that is what keeps you. The latest enjoyment was the completion of the construction, we’ve upgraded some facilities at the high school and I’m happy to be leaving after that. My goal was to get that done before I left.”

“My kids went through Coshocton – and like I said, it’s been a short 32 years looking back but so was being one year president of something like Rotary, that year was long but looking back it was great.”

“With young as well as older grandchildren – Todd (Salmans) said it best – life can always be short. We’ve talked about that a lot. Hopefully I won’t become a dedicated floral transportation guy – I have – it’s sort of like I’m on probation – I get called in. (laughing) I don’t know that I’m going to go do something right away – after 40 some years plus of accounting – there’s other challenges.”

Lowe recalled memorable events, “A lot of them, many. But the construction project. That’s been memorable – we created change the last four years to the magnitude that it hasn’t happened here. Being able to create these new facilities which are really – over time – will be community oriented. We have good assets now; hopefully Coshocton (city) will get better in the future.”

“Working with different superintendents – I’ve been close to a lot of them. I’ve worked with six or seven regular ones and a couple of interim ones. So sometimes I ask, “What is it?” (laughing). But treasurers’ end up being bridges – there’s been times in my career when that’s been true. A lot of times we’re helping orienting the new superintendents in our area. I’ll miss all the people.”

Coshocton City Schools superintendent Dr. David Hire said this about Lowe, “There are two people that are answerable and have to deal with everything. I’ve told other people – it’s been a great team approach, we’ve been very fortunate through building this building, getting the bond issue passed, every levy since I’ve been here, it’s all extremely difficult. And the state of funding that’s changed, to have Gary’s knowledge of the district and things that have happened, it’s been a great team approach and I really wish him well.”

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