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Fairview Park school board candidates profiles

By Kevin Kelley

Fairview Park

Voters will choose between one newcomer and two current members when selecting the two candidates vying to serve on the Fairview Park City Schools Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election. Tanya Foose, Joslyn Dalton and Mark St. John are the three running for the two, full-term (four years) seats up for grabs in the election.

Foose, the newcomer, works as the director of admissions at ITT Technical Institute. A Fairview Park resident since 2004, She has set up a website, edcorr.com, on which she posts interviews and commentary on educational issues.

Dalton was appointed to the board in June 2012 to fill a vacancy. Currently a faculty member and compliance coordinator in the health information technology program at Cuyahoga Community College, Dalton has worked in a variety of health care settings.

St. John, a seventh-grade science teacher at Independence Middle School, was first elected to the board in 2007 to complete an unfinished term. He is seeking his second full term on the board.

In a separate race, Katie Davis is running unopposed to complete the last two years of the term of former board President Brad Lamb. Lamb, who resigned in May 2011 when he moved out of the city, is seeking election for a seat on the Westlake City Schools Board of Education.

West Life asked each candidate their age, political affiliation and two questions: First, what qualifications and skills would you bring to the school board if elected? Second, what are one or two major goals you want the school district to achieve in the next few years?

 

Joslyn Dalton

Joslyn Dalton, 39
declined to answer party affiliation
Full-time faculty at Cuyahoga Community College

What qualifications and skills would you bring to the school board if elected?

I have 15 years of work experience in management which included overseeing a large budget and working for a board. For the past three years, I have been working in higher education; teaching in the classroom and on-line classes and developing curriculum. I am a critical thinker who has a strong understanding of what a board of education member does.

What are one or two major goals you want the school district to achieve in the next few years?

I would like to see the school district continually look for ways to improve the district’s finances. I want to maintain a balanced budget and continue to explore and invest in technology innovations that will increase the efficiencies in our district.

I want to see our district continue to provide superior services and academic programs that challenge the mind and instill the joy of lifelong learning.

 

Tanya Foose

Tanya Foose, 44
no party affiliation
Director of admissions, ITT Technical Institute

What qualifications and skills would you bring to the school board if elected?

I have a unique blend of business, education and fine arts. I have earned a BFA in piano, an MBA, and am a PhD Candidate in Education. I have an extensive knowledge of global education competitiveness and the success factors students will need in high school, college and careers.

What are one or two major goals you want the school district to achieve in the next few years?

To see that our teachers have the necessary training to teach students of all abilities while implementing the common core standards and improving our grade in the value added measurements report. Additionally, I want to cultivate better communications and involvement from the community to help foster mentorships and fiscal creativity.

 

Mark St. John

Mark St. John, 52
Democrat
Science teacher at Independence Middle School

What qualifications and skills would you bring to the school board if elected?

My qualifications are my nearly six years on the school board and my 24 years in education as a teacher. I am well versed in the current issues facing the schools.

What are one or two major goals you want the school district to achieve in the next few years?

One thing I would like us to establish is a dedicated permanent improvement fund with a stable revenue source. Unfortunately that will likely be asking for some money but this would save on having to raid the general fund for needed repairs or upgrades. Although we have managed to do many things with our current resources there will be projects coming up in the future that will require more funds than Are available solely through the general fund.

 

Katie Davis

Katie Davis, 29,
Republican
mechanical engineer / nonprofit leader; full-time mom
(Davis is running unopposed for the unexpired two-year term seat)

What qualifications and skills would you bring to the school board if elected?

As a mechanical engineer, I’ve worked on chemical and national security projects managing construction, estimates, negotiations, proposals, compliance, communications, and scheduling. As a non-profit leader, I’ve developed science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational programs. I’m passionate about our city, believing great schools are the backbone of a strong community.

What are one or two major goals you want the school district to achieve in the next few years?

Fairview Park City Schools are among the best-of Cleveland’s Inner Ring, and are a great value in the Westshore. We are successfully implementing technology-enhanced learning while working on critical thinking skills. We should continue to raise the bar, preparing our youth to grow into our next community and business leaders.

 

 

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