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Trio of Bay school board incumbents unopposed

By Jeff Gallatin

Bay Village

Current school board members seeking re-election for the next three years said the district has unfinished business they would like to help finish.

All three incumbents whose terms are up at the end of 2013 filed for re-election. They include current board President Michael Caputo and Gayatry Jacob-Mosier, both of whom are finishing their first terms, and Amy Huntley, who has been on the board since 2002. All are unopposed on the November ballot.

Caputo and Huntley both indicated the district has to deal with work already under way, as well as issues expected to develop in the next four years.

Both cited the assorted improvements and upgrades in district facilities begun after Bay Village voters approved a capital improvements bond levy two years ago.

“It’s a major undertaking for the district,” Caputo said. “I’d like to help make sure it continues going forward in the best way possible.”

Huntley said getting the improvements done now helps prevent some future facility issues for the district.

“They’re something we needed to get done, and I’m excited to be a part of it and helping the district decide on the best courses of action,” she said.

Huntley is a graduate of Bay city schools.

Caputo said the schools likely will have to deal with changes in district administration in the next few years.

“Both our treasurer (Deborah Putnam) and superintendent (Clint Keener) could retire in the next few years, so we’re going to have to make some good choices to help ensure a good future for the district,” he said.

Caputo, who as a principal member for McDonough Caperton spends much of his job dealing with legislators and other officials in Columbus, said the district will continue to have to deal with budgetary and educational decisions made at the state level that affect local districts.

Jacob-Mosier said she will continue to place a major emphasis on curriculum issues.

“That’s why I wanted to get on the school board,” she said. “I wanted to work on the curriculum and education issues. We’ve had changes in it the last four years, and we have more on the way that we’re going to have to deal with. You look at issues like the Common Core Standards, reading, there are going to be changes in the testing standards in the next few years.”




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