April 8, 2013
PDT Staff Report
COLUMBUS— State Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) has been appointed by Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) to serve a second term as one of two Ohio House members on the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
The OSFC administers the state’s comprehensive kindergarten through 12th grade public school construction program. The agency helps school districts fund, plan, design, and build or renovate schools. Johnson will not have voting privileges with the commission, but will act as an advisor and consultant.
“Having adequate facilities is a vital component in providing a quality education,” Johnson said. “In Southern Ohio, we are already blessed with superintendents that consistently show great prudence as they educate our children despite having fewer resources than other areas of the state. We also are blessed with amazing teachers whose skill as educators is matched only by their love of the students they teach. The OSFC provides another necessary component of a good education by making it possible for several of our local schools to upgrade their facilities where they couldn’t before.”
Representative Johnson was also appointed to the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Board. The War Orphans Scholarship is a state program that awards tuition assistance to the children of deceased or severely disabled Ohio veterans who served in the armed forces during a period of declared war or conflict.
“I am very much looking forward to working directly with the War Orphan Scholarship Board,” Johnson said. “Last General Assembly, I worked on legislation that expanded eligibility to children of qualifying veterans from all conflicts. Prior to that bill, certain conflicts were regrettably left out. I am very pleased to have helped right that wrong as I continue working to ensure that our heroes and their families receive the benefits they’ve earned.”