PIQUA — The Piqua Board of Education recently welcomed a new member and past employee of the school district to the table. Clint Bostick, a retired guidance counselor, found himself wanting to come back and contribute to the school district once again.
“I miss the schools, I miss the students, the people I worked with,” Bostick said.
Bostick retired in 2012 after 17 years of working for Piqua City Schools. Bostick and his family moved to Piqua in 1995, when he was hired as a guidance counselor. For his first five years, Bostick started out at the South Street and Favorite Hill schools. Then he went on to work at Bennett, Favorite Hill, and Nicklin after the district was reorganized.
Bostick is now semi-retired and works part-time selling furniture at Sellman’s Furniture in Covington.
“I got talking about how could I help, and I ended up in this,” Bostick said. Friends and family members suggested to Bostick that he consider becoming a member of the board of education.
“I just like to help in anyway that I can,” Bostick said. “I thought maybe it would be a good opportunity to contribute and to help the school district and community.”
About his time working in Piqua City Schools, Bostick remembered being able to impact students and their families through assisting them and helping them get the resources they needed to succeed.
“I did enjoy it a great deal,” Bostick said. “I enjoyed working with the students. We also worked with families.”
For Bostick, it is also rewarding for him when he runs into past students.
“You always are glad to see students later on,” Bostick said. “It is always interesting” to see past students as adults with families, learning about where they are working and what they are doing, Bostick said. “All of that is very nice and very rewarding to see that they’re doing well as adults. Does make you feel older, though.”
Bostick did not have any particular moments or students that stood out from the rest; instead, he explained, it was gratifying knowing that he did everything he could to make difficult situations better for his students and their families while he was a counselor.
“You always have good days and situations that are bad,” Bostick said. “But when you encounter a negative situation, I guess you look back and really feel good that you did everything you could in negative situations to make them as positive as you could and to help students and families that were going through situations and needed assistance and you got them appropriate resources to deal with things. That really sticks out the most.”
Now, Bostick is joining a new team to help provide assistance to the district as a whole.
“First thing to realize is, there are five board members, and you’re a member of a team,” Bostick said. “I just want to do the right thing in situations. Whatever that may be is what I really strive to do.”
Bostick said that he wants “to do the appropriate homework” when it comes to the very projects and programs that will go before the board. “I want to do my part to see what I can do to make Piqua schools the best the best that we can be in all areas,” he said.
In the four years that Bostick has been out of the day-to-day work with the district, he said that there have been new programs instituted and new faces added that he is working on studying. Bostick still has a grasp on the schools’ notable programs, though, calling the REACH Program “a very good program” and one that “will have a positive impact.” He also noted the high school’s algebra block class as being “a very impressive program.”
“I think in education, it’s almost like the ground is moving beneath you,” Bostick said. He explained that the school district needs to continue thinking outside the box to keep up with and improve their economic and academic accountability to give their students a good education.
Bostick received his undergraduate degree in history education from Wright State University. He then received his school counseling master’s degree from the University of Dayton.
Bostick and his wife, Joyce, a teacher at Piqua Central Intermediate School, live in Piqua and are currently “empty nesters.” They have five adult sons.
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