Osborne announces retirement, council run


By Nikki Blankenship



John Osborne, lifelong resident of New Boston, has spent the past two decades serving the community that has served him and his family for so long. The best way he can see fit is by running for Village Council.

Osborne is retiring from the Village, where he has worked for the past 20 years as a laborer. He also recently announced his retirement from the New Boston School Board. The Ohio Department of Education honored Osborne for his 20 years of dedication to the school board in a ceremony last week.

In the same year, Osborne both to the Village but also to the Village schools. He and his wife of 34 years, Karen Whisman, were raising two daughters at the time. The youngest suffered from spina bifida, a disability that affected her physical abilities but not her mental. Still, at that time, the education system wanted to send the young girl to a school for disabled students. Eager to see his daughter thrive in her local school district with her peers, Osborne joined the New Boston School Board.

“I joined to fight for my daughter’s rights, but then I fell in love with it,” Osborne commented.

On the school board, he was able to be active the education of both his daughters, who are now Glenwood graduates, while also making a difference for other children in the community. In working for their best interests, he was able to also learn more about the school system and build additional bonds with other parents and community members. Osborne explained that during his time on the school board, he saw many changes within education. Though many of have been the result of technological changes, he has served the board when the New Boston School built their new building and has watched the development of state testing mandates. Throughout all of these changes, he has seen the district respond with the students’ best interests in mind. He has so much confidence in the system that he trusted the school with the education of his daughters and now trusts them with his four granddaugthers.

Retiring from both his career with the Village and the schools after giving so much of his life to each frees up Osborne for a new venture. In order to stay involved in his community, Osborne will be running for New Boston Village Council on the May ballot. His years of experience have given him knowledge of the needs and operations of the community while building relationships across entities in New Boston. Running for Council seems like the best use of his combined knowledge, experience and passion to serve.

Other than his focusing on his political aspirations, Osborne plans to spend his retirement fishing and playing with his grandkids.

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.