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Three candidates means contested school board race in Fairview

By Kevin Kelley

Fairview Park

One newcomer and two current members are seeking the two full-term Fairview Park City Schools Board of Education seats up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election.

Mark St. John, who was first elected to the board in 2007 to complete an unfinished term, is seeking election for his second full term. He is a seventh-grade science teacher at Independence Middle School. Two of his children currently attend schools in the district; his oldest two have graduated from Fairview High School.

Joslyn Dalton has been on the school board since June 2012, when she was appointed to fill a vacancy. Currently an adjunct 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. She has two children who attend schools in the district.

Tanya Foose is the newcomer seeking election to the board. The director of admissions at ITT Technical Institute, Foose’s son attends Gilles-Sweet Elementary School. A Fairview Park resident since 2004, Foose is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from Northcentral University, an Arizona-based institution that offers distance learning. Her doctoral thesis involves research on high school graduation rates, she said. She has set up a website, edcorr.com, on which she posts interviews and commentary on educational issues.

In a separate vote, Katie Davis is running unopposed to complete the two years of the unexpired 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.

A full-time mom who plans to enroll her young son in the public school system, Davis previously worked as a mechanical engineer. She recently served as the Web designer for the Fairview Park Summerfest Committee. She is co-founder of STEMout, an organization that encourages school-age children to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

 

 

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