By Kevin Kelley
Joslyn Dalton, the mother of two children who attend Gilles-Sweet Elementary School, was unanimously appointed June 6 to join the Fairview Park City Schools Board of Education.
Dalton was selected to replace Brad Lamb, who resigned last month when he and his family moved out of the school district. Dalton will serve on the board through 2013, when a special election will take place to choose someone to complete the final two years of Lamb’s unexpired term.
Dalton and her family have lived in Fairview Park for the past 10 years, except for one year in which they lived in California because of her husband’s job. Bob Dalton, an airline pilot, is a 1991 graduate of Fairview High School.
“I have two kids, so I have a vested interest in the Fairview Park City Schools,” Dalton said when asked why she applied for the board vacancy. Her daughter, Abby, is entering fifth grade; her son, Grant, will begin second grade.
After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in health information management, Dalton worked in a variety of health care settings, including six years as director of medical records at Marymount Hospital. She currently is an adjunct faculty member and compliance coordinator in the health information technology program at Cuyahoga Community College.
Dalton, who volunteers at PTA events and her children’s school, told West Life she believes the district is headed in the right direction.
“I really have a lot to learn and I know that,” Dalton said of her school board responsibilities.
Even so, the other school board members, who interviewed five other applicants, appear to think she’s ready for the job.
“She seems to have a very good handle on what it is a board of education does vis a vis the administration and also in the community,” board President Joe Shucofsky told West Life. “That’s not something that comes naturally to a lot of people.”
Shucofsky said Dalton’s business background and familiarity with the district from her children’s attendance at Gilles-Sweet were factors in her favor.
Board members were also looking for someone who would potentially serve on the board for some time and be capable of taking a leadership role down the line, Shucofsky said. The board president noted that applicants were specifically asked about their willingness to run for the seat in 2013.
Dalton said she indeed plans on running for the seat when her appointment term expires.
“I see myself being a long-term board member,” she said.
Dalton is the first woman on the five-member board since Marcy Starks resigned in April 2011.
The five others who applied for the vacancy were Krysten Aquino, Katie Jagusch, Laurel Stauber, Debbie Tidwell and Nikki Haag.