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Term: 4 yearsIncumbents Colonel Duke Evans and George Grozan are running unopposed for re-election to the five-member board of education. Both Evans and Grozan were first elected in 2013.Current members Carl Naso (president), Richard Micko (vice [president), and Jane Liudwig are serving terms that expire in 2019.
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Education Master's Degree in Aeronautical Science. Master's equivalent in National Security Strategy. B.S. in Behavioral Science.
Current occupation Manager for AT&T
Qualifications for office Incumbent for 1 term. Platform instructor and Instructor Pilot in several aircraft. Supervised 4 on-base schools as a Base Commander in USAF Numerous leadership roles in Military & Business communities.
Campaign Phone (216) 392-3444
Email address dukeevans@scsmustangs.org
We have accomplished a lot in the last 4 years-- built a state of the art Middle School, renovated our High School, provided much needed repairs to our Elementary schools, and did it all on-time and under budget. Closed 3 building and repurposed one; built 2 turf fields totally through donations, and added educational, arts and athletics opportunities for our students.
Unfunded mandates from Columbus. The state government in Columbus constantly meddles in education, whether it be changing the testing requirements, altering the "report card" criteria or arbitrarily reducing funding based on perceived ability of a community to pay more local taxes. Strongsville sends millions to Columbus but gets relatively little money back. Not a fair or productive situation! Taking support away from a succeeding District to give to a failing District in the misguided hope that more money will fix it is failed policy. Success should be rewarded--and we are very successful! Combatting this requires I maintain close contact with our state representatives--both house and senate--and make sure they know that what they are doing is not acceptable to the taxpayers in Strongsville. We also try to use all available options and legal avenues to continue to provide the best education our taxpayers can afford for our kids. Doing this, we have been able to extend out budget solvency from 2017 to 2022. Unfortunately, we will eventually have to ask for a levy (last new money in 2007) unless the state corrects their errors.
React?--With a grain of salt! As stated above, the state has changed the grading criteria yearly, making it very hard for any District to focus their efforts. Additionally, the state report card is a "snapshot" in time of student performance, capturing only a small piece of the quality of education in a District. We have taken the approach of increasing communication with our community, involving our citizens and business owners in multiple facets of our kids' education, and sending a bi-yearly report card of our own to the community to keep everyone aware of how our schools are doing. Strongsville is proud of our schools, as evidenced by the $1.8 million raised through private donations for our new turf fields and beautiful stadia, the wonderful PTA's and Strongsville Education Foundation, and the outstanding support we get from the community for every school event. Our students graduate well prepared for college or career and for life in general-and we are very proud of the role our schools and community have in that!
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