By Kevin Kelley
Laurie Stauber is the newest member of the Fairview Park City Schools Board of Education, having been appointed and sworn in at the group’s July 31 meeting.
A resident of the city for 26 years, Stauber was chosen from a field of six applicants who applied to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Dennis Rehor. Stauber will serve the remainder of Rehor’s term, which runs through 2013.
Stauber is employed at NASA’s Glenn Research Center as a technology commercialization lead at its Technology Transfer and Partnership Office. She received a master’s degree in business management from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Stauber and her husband, John, have two children – Eric, a graduate of St. Edward High School and Baldwin-Wallace College; and Michael, a 2008 graduate of Fairview High School and The Ohio State University.
She currently serves as a trustee of the Fairview Park Education Foundation. She worked on the Gemini Project Community Improvement Committee when the project, which led to the construction of the city’s recreation center and the new Gilles-Sweet Elementary School, was proposed to voters in 2005.
“We like the family-friendly atmosphere and have made good friends through school activities involving our sons,” Stauber told West Life. “In my view, working as a school board member is a way to make a positive contribution to the community.”
Stauber did not specify any particular issue or area she would focus on, but expressed her belief that a good school system is the backbone of a strong community.
“My first priority is to understand the inner workings of the board, including the policies and procedures, and be ready to make a meaningful contribution,” she said.
Board President Joe Shucofsky said members were impressed by Stauber’s public relations background at NASA, service for nonprofit organizations and community involvement.
Stauber unsuccessfully applied for a board vacancy earlier this year following the resignation of Brad Lamb in May. The board chose Joslyn Dalton from among six applicants. Shucofsky said the fact that Stauber had previously applied for a seat wasn’t really a factor in her appointment.
Debbie Tidwell, Neil McCormick, Katie Davis, Carol Akel and Nathan Studney also applied for the seat vacated by Rehor.