Remembering Darrell Cottrill, longtime board member

School districts are made up of a vast population: teachers, students, administrators, support, clerical and maintenance staff members. But no school can operate without community members who choose to serve on a district school board.Pickaway-Ross is very fortunate to have such a dedicated group who do just.

This summer, we said goodbye to longtime board member Darrell Cottrill, who died June 26.

He spent his adult life in a variety of educational posts as a teacher, principal and board member.

Darrell, of Chillicothe, started his board service in 1978 with a seat on the Union-Scioto Board of Education and served on the Ross-Pike Educational Service District Governing Board starting 1992. He joined Pickaway-Ross’ board in 1994.

In fact, just as Pickaway-Ross recognizes employees for their years of service, Darrell was recognized posthumously at the August board meeting for his service.

“Darrell was a loyal member of our board,” said Dennis Franks, Pickaway-Ross’ superintendent.

“When I was new to the superintendent position, he gave me some advice that has served me well throughout my career. Darrell was always steadfast in his beliefs concerning education. He will be missed.”