I am a Bay High graduate and have a BA in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace.
I am a CPA and owner of Huntley & Co, LLC, an accounting firm specializing in business and individual taxes.
Qualifications for office
I have 16 years of experience on the Bay Village Board of Education and have served as treasurer of many organizations in the community.
Hiring a superintendent is one of the most important responsibilities of the BOE. As we did during our last superintendent search, we will have many focus groups, representing the various stakeholders in the district and community to build a profile of the qualities desired by the community. I am cautiously answering this question so I do not influence the responses from the focus groups, since it is critical to receive honest input. Integrity, knowledge and fair would be 3 basic qualifications I believe any successful candidate would possess. More specific qualifications will be determined later this year.
Currently the highest priority is a successful change of leadership. We are currently conducting a search for a new treasurer and will soon begin a search for a new superintendent. In the wake of these changes, maintaining stability is critical to the ongoing operations of the district. Another priority is our continued review of curriculum and instruction. The District staff regularly updates the curriculum for our students as we strive to encourage our students to excel beyond the State standards. Our buildings are another priority. The community has invested in them and we must make sure they are well maintained.
The operating levy passed in November of 2016 was a calculated to provide the district an adjustment in revenue to keep up with inflation. It was designed to provide the funds needed to maintain our current high level of programming. For the past 16 years, I have worked closely with the district team to find ways to meet the changing needs of our students, staff and community while being sensitive to the taxes our homeowners will need to pay. When new programs are needed, we review existing programs to see if any should be eliminated to offset the costs.
Education: B.S Purdue University –Chemistry, M.S. University of Michigan –Chemistry, Ph.D. University of Michigan –Organic Chemistry.
Member of the Bay Village Board of Education since 2010, Private Tutor. Adjunct professor Cuyahoga Community College
Qualifications for office
Community Involvement: volunteer for school organizations, leadership in PTA and Toastmasters.
The school district is currently starting the superintendent search process. As part of this process focus groups will be created; it is through these focus groups that the board of education will determine what characteristics and qualifications of superintendent to look for.
At this time. it is important that the board hire the best possible candidates to fulfill the superintendent and treasurer's roles, which are the top administrative positions in our schools. Once the hiring has been completed the district needs to work on a smooth transition for these roles. At the same time we need to keep being fiscally responsible and keep improving educational opportunities for our students.
The levy that was passed in 2016 was an operating levy. The monies generated from that levy are to be used for the operation of the school district, which means there is not much in the way of discretionary spending. While the board always strives to be fiscally prudent we are always trying to improve the education that is provided for our children in Bay Village.
I have been a Bay Village resident for almost 20 years. I received my undergraduate degree in elementary education from Boston College and a Master’s degree in special education from Columbia University.
Qualifications for office
I have 4 children, three of whom are still in the Bay Village Schools and a recent graduate now attending college.
We are currently interviewing search firms to aid in selecting a superintendent. Once that has been done, as we have done with prior superintendent searches, we will be conducting numerous focus groups throughout the community to gain insight into what they feel are important characteristics to look for in a new superintendent.
The top priority for me is making the transition to a new treasurer and superintendent as smooth as possible. Having both positions turn over so close together is not ideal but I am confident that with the right replacements and our excellent support staff the transition will be successful. As far as our students, we want to meet or exceed current state standards and ensure our students have the programs and support to make as much progress as possible. Also, we have worked hard to update rather than replace our buildings to be fiscally responsible.
The 2016 levy was an operating levy. That means it is used to continue the current operations of the school district. We want to maintain the programs we have and of course look into adding any programs we feel our students need to achieve state standards and personal growth. We also will have to spend more on medical coverage for employees as prices continue to rise.