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Chagrin Falls Board of Education {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Term: 4 yearsMary Kay O'Toole, current president, is running for re-election; Greg Kanzinger and Phil Rankin are the other candidates. Current board members Michael Hogan and Bob Weber, whose terms expire in December 2017, are not running. The terms of the other two members of the five-person board, Sharon Broz, vice president, and Kathryn Garvey, expire in December 2019..
  • Greg Kanzinger Director of Performance and Builds, TMW Systems

  • Mary Kay O'Toole

  • Phil Rankin Accountant

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Biographical Information

Explain why you want to serve (or continue to serve) on the Board of Education. What talents do you think you add to the board?

What are the most significant issues facing your school district and what is the most effective way to deal with them?

Rankings by the state affect how your district is perceived by residents and prospective residents. How should the board react to the state's performance index rankings for the district?

Age 45
Education BA Mathematics Kenyon College
Residence municipality South Russell
For the past 6 years I have served on the Board of the Chagrin Falls Dads' Club. I served as Vice President for 2 years, President for 3 years, and Past President for 1. During this time I was the Dads' Club representative on the Superintendent's Inner Council. While I served on this council, I witnessed how significant changes in state policy affected the school in fundamental ways. It was a time when the state changed the curriculum, teacher evaluations, and school performance measurements. I became interested in these issues and was eager to provide feedback on what I felt the schools appropriate actions should be. I felt serving on the school board would be a natural extension to what I am currently doing in a volunteer capacity

While volunteering for the Dads' Club, I worked to create partnerships with parents, school support groups and community groups. The Dads’ Club during my tenor raised money in concert with the Boosters, Music Lovers, PTO, The Historical Society and Tiger Prep. In addition, the Dads’ Club did events with Safe Routes Chagrin, The Chagrin Valley Recreation Center, The Chagrin Valley Little Theater, The Alumni Association, and The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce. These relationships were developed over time. In each case, trust needed to be gained and a common goal needed to be defined. These skills will serve the school board well as the school continues to implement its strategic plan.
The school is currently managing a big construction project for the Intermediate School. It is important that the board along with the administration monitor this project to ensure that deadlines are being hit, the budget remains in check, and that the work is high quality. We need to ensure the communities money is well spent.

With the changes in the state report card and the way schools are evaluated, the school needs to continue to work on balancing what we as a community value in the school with what the state is measuring. I believe a good education is a well rounded education and focusing to much on the state report card could result in fewer options for our students. To little focus could result in low grades on the report card and a loss of trust with the community. Until a better understanding of the new report card is gained by both the school and the community, the school board and administration need to continue to communicate openly and honestly about both what the school values and how the school performed.
There are things the state measure that Chagrin can improve on and there are things that Chagrin does in the best interest of our students that does not help our score from the state. It is important that Chagrin continues to work on improving the areas of the report and that we can control. In the most recent report card an area of concern was around the growth of students in a school year. The school has identified areas that could be improved and is implementing a plan that will improve both our students learning experience and the schools state test scores.

The school needs to continue to look out for the best interest of our students. An example of this is Chagrin's policy to not require our AP students to take the year end exams. Having AP students take year end exams would theoretically improve the schools Performance Index score since AP students would likely measure as advanced in certain subjects. Having the AP students take the test would require class time be spent preparing for the year end test and additional class time being spent taking the test. The double testing and additional prep work would provide little value to the student.

It is important that the school board keep the best interest of our students in balance with the state's ranking of the district. The state report card provides valuable insight into certain parts of our school, but it is not an all encompassing measurement of total value.
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Age 47
Education BA University of Iowa in Accounting MBA University of Chicago in Economics, Finance, and Operations Management
Residence municipality Chagrin Falls
I am running for the Board of Education seat to add my leadership and governance especially in the areas of financial, project, and strategic management. I want to make sure that your dollars are spent wisely and that the Intermediate School project is completed on time.
Facilities are a significant issue with respect to the Intermediate School. I became involved in the Board of Education Facilities Committee and after helping to guide that group to the eventual decision to rebuild portions of the Intermediate School on Philomethian Street, I participated in the successful Levy Campaign to get the provision passed in May. Now that the Levy has passed we need to be good stewards of the community's money and time.

Additionally, insuring that we are preparing our students for the future is of paramount importance. I will understand the objective measurements of our school district and use them as a benchmark for improvement.
I believe that everything can be measured. I will look for an objective measure and use it to gauge progress. logo


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