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School board members interpret state law related to the school district, establish policies that will help the local schools and the students attending and are the overseers of the school district budget. The board hires and fires administrators and teachers and support personnel. School boards should develop long-term plans, set high instructional standards and establish assessments that review the quality of the district’s programs, faculty, staff and students. Board members must live within the district.
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What are the current challenges facing your school district and how would you address them?

Training & Experience Member of the Rootstown Board of Education and the Maplewood Board of Education for 20 years. I attend many training seminars and workshops each year and have earned Ohio School Boards Association's Master Board Member.
To provide the students of the Rootstown Local School District with the best education possible while at the same time being fiscally responsible to the tax payers of the district. I feel this is best accomplished by first, hiring an administrative team that shares those same principles and values for education along with a proven record of caring not only for the well-being of the students, but for the students personally and their success in education and in life. Secondly, programs and policies must continuously be monitored and evaluated as to their effectiveness both educationally and financially to make sure they provide the desired results. The best Boards of Education do not try to run the district themselves, but rather, serve as a community accountability partner to the superintendent as well as the administrative team. I personally like to stay up to date with current trends and laws through training that help with the decision making process and evaluations. Thank you.
Education Ravenna High School
Training & Experience 16 years with AT&T as a repairman and now in management with AT&T
The feedback that I am getting from parents and teachers is that our biggest struggle for our district that we face is a lack of technology in our classrooms. Technology as itself is constantly advancing every year. That's just the way it is if we like it or not. I feel it is unfair to any child in any school that they could be behind on this once they they enter the work force or enter college.

I also feel having a strong school district and community starts at the home. Having parents engaged with their children's school work, volunteering for school functions, attending school meetings, etc. These simple actions by parents will go a long way of making Rootstown what it is and what it needs to be.
Age 43
Education Rootstown High School Hiram Police Academy
Training & Experience First time running for public office, Past President and current trustee of the Ravenna Police Association where I coordinated fundraising and allocated funds. Police officer for 22 years, 8 of which was in the detective bureau. Married 14 years 3 children.
The condition of the buildings for which our children learn is at the fore front and is the concern for a large number of parents, staff and administration. The passage of the school levy on the ballot this November seems to be the answer to solving those concerns. The school board must be prepared to have an alternative plan in the event the levy does not pass in a climate where voters have been inundated with taxes and levies. Having 3 children (2nd,6th and 7th grades) in the school district, being 1992 alumni and lifelong resident of Rootstown I too want to see the students have the best chance to become all they want to be. I would approach the opportunity to be on the board the same way I have approached my own household, spend within your means yet provide the best opportunity for your children to succeed.
Age 43
Education BA in Business from University of Akron 1998
The schools are a very big topic right now. A brand new shiny school would be very nice, but new schools don't guarantee a better education, a better chance of college placement and/or scholarships or a better job/career. I am very proud of the teachers, curriculum and overall success of the Rootstown education system, however making sure our facilities can adapt to changing times and educational needs is very important especially in regards to providing a stimulating, well rounded 21st century education.
Age 57
Education Graduate Rootstown High School 1978
Training & Experience Board Member since 1989
The major challenge facing any school district in Ohio has to be the use of limited funding provided by the state with the increase of unfunded mandates. The state legislature is constantly changing the standards by which we are required to educate our students. State mandated testing is not the answer to increasing educational goals. Taking tax dollars from public schools and giving it to private enterprises to educate students is not the answer either. Just like expenses increase for everyone, school expenses increase too. The state does not provide an adequate increase in funding so the burden falls back on the local taxpayer. The local school board must continually go back to the voters for more money. This cannot continue. The state legislature has to make school funding a priority. We as a school board need to spend the money we are provided with wisely.

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