Middle School Vaping Addressed at Benjamin Logan Board of Education Meeting


The Benjamin Logan School Board met in regular session Monday night. The first order of business was to recognize the January and February Seniors of the Month.

Libby Siefring and Nathaniel Smith were named January Students of the Month. Libby is the daughter of Amanda and Eric Siefring. She is involved in Cross Country, Softball, ROC, and FFA. She plans on attending Columbus State in the fall, pursuing a degree in Nursing. Nathaniel is the son of Curtis and Stacy Smith and is involved in Marching, Pep, and Concert Bands and participated in the OMEA District/State competition. He will join the workforce after graduation.

Celeste Allen and Hayden Alexander were honored as the February Seniors of the Month. Celeste is the daughter of Seth and Kim Allen. She is the National Honor Society Secretary, SGA, FFA, and yearbook. She will attend Ohio Northern in the fall to pursue a degree in Nursing. Hayden is the son of Gary and Laura Alexander and is involved in Basketball and BPA. He plans on attending the University of North Alabama and majoring in Business while competing on the Bass Fishing Team.

The Board also approved naming Treasurer Jennifer Sudhoff as the Insurance Accountability Officer for the Board, representing the Board in the Logan County Schools Employee Consortium.

John Stanford informed the Board that Ohio Hi-Point will be adding two new classes: Drone Technology and EMT. Students will participate in a lottery drawing to join these new classes.

Joel Penhorwood, Jill Smith, and Christina Kneif of the Logan County Farm Bureau presented a $1,000 check to the Benjamin Logan FFA  program to be used toward a program the organization will use for a future event.

In his report, Superintendent John Scheu acknowledged the High School wrestling team as well as the High School boys’ bowling team. The wrestling team will see 11 boys and three girls attending the District tournament. The boy’s bowling team will participate in the State tournament later this week.

Superintendent Scheu also addressed an issue with the Board that has been a problem for the district for some time. Scheu said he has seen an increasing trend of middle school students using THC-laced vape pens in the classroom. Thus far, his office has initiated 11 expulsion hearings. He advised that this is not only a Benjamin Logan issue as incidents of students using THC vape pens are increasing nationwide.

Scheu said that he is recommending to the Board that when a student is caught vaping on school property, unruly charges be filed in Logan County Juveline Court. Scheu discusses his recommendations: 

Scheu also made two recommendations for new hires. He said he is proposing Todd Shadley as the new Middle School principal and Art Daniels as the new Transportation Director. Scheu discusses the recommendations:  

The Board approved both recommendations unanimously.

Two new courses were approved for offering at the high school, neither of which will cause the district to hire new instructors.

Superintendent Scheu also asked the Board to approve the district’s Inter- and Intra-district Open Enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year.

The school board will meet again on March 18, 2024, at 6:00 PM.