Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
Longtime school board member Richard “Dick” Howard passed away Wednesday at Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice at the age of 73. Howard was a member of the Scioto County Career Technical Center and South Central Ohio Educational Services Center school boards.
“He has been, for us, a long-term member of this board. Always involved in our financial piece. He was a numbers guy, so whenever we talked about budgets and things like that, he was always the guy that asked the right questions and made us think about whether we were spending money appropriately, ” said SciotoTech Superintendent Stan Jennings.
He said Howard was a valuable and dedicated member of the SciotoTech board even as his health deteriorated.
“Just here a few months ago, he wanted to try to have an ambulance bring him to a board meeting,” Jennings said.
After graduating from Valley High School and The Ohio State University, Howard began teaching, coaching, and counseling in southern Ohio. In addition to being a member of the school boards, Howard also taught and coached at Valley High School from 1962-65 and Wheelersburg 1965-67. He earned a MA in Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University in 1967, and counseled in the Minford School system and the Scioto County Joint Vocational School (now SciotoTech) from 1967 to 1970. He served in various capacities at Shawnee State University, including Vice President of Student Services from which he retired in 2006. He also served on the Children’s Services board, and was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Portsmouth.
Jennings expressed condolences to the family and community on behalf of SciotoTech.
“It’s a big loss to the community and someone who participated. When you think about board members, they don’t get nearly the amount of kudos they should. They’re basically giving away time, and in a lot of situations it’s not a pleasant situation that they’re trying to deal with. Whenever you find someone that’s educated, that has a strong background (they are valuable to the board),” Jennings said.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Portsmouth.
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