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Discussion: Who Should Fill Vacant Cuyahoga Falls School Board Seat?

Curtis Grimes, a two-term member of the city's school board, stepped down on May 31 which leaves district officials with a few weeks to find a replacement.

announced his resignation on May 31, leaving a vacant seat which now must be filled.

Only question is: who's ready to take on the position?

Here's how the process will play out, according to vice president Kellie Patterson:

  • The board will advertise for letters of interest in the position. The board must then convene to select a person to fill the vacancy within 30 days of Grimes's resignation. This can be done at a regular or special meeting of the board.
  • If the board is unable to select a candidate, or if no one applies for the position, before the 30 day period is up, then the vacancy is handed over to the Summit County Probate Court to make the appointment.
  • Whomever is appointed will sit on the board for about 18 months and will have the option of running to retain the seat in the November 2013 election.

What experience and qualities should the next school board member have in helping to guide the district's future? Please reply in the Comments below and feel free to include whom you'd like to see fill the position.

Sumco Res June 04, 2012 at 12:00 PM
The $64 question is WHY did he resign? Was he so upset with the antics of one of the female members of the board at the graduation ceremony wearing false colors? Or is it the constant negative attitudes? Maybe he didn't like the new Superintendent? With the crew we have as a board, who in their right mind would want the job? Teachers hate the board. Parents hate the board. Taxpayers aren't about to spend any more tax money for grandiose teacher and administrative pay raises when they are out of work. There is no requirement for common sense to be elected a board member. What sane person would WANT the job?
Melanie Capaldi June 04, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I have no horse in this race, but what do you mean by wearing false colors? For the life of me, I can't figure that out... she didn't wear black and gold? Besides the false colors, what other antics were on display? Just curious.
Susan Ruiz Patton June 05, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Readers, we're going to have to put a hold on this conversation until we can check out the allegations made in these comments.
Susan Ruiz Patton June 05, 2012 at 03:28 AM
OK readers, the conversation is live again, but please abide by our terms of use. http://cuyahogafalls.patch.com/terms.
Kellie Patterson June 05, 2012 at 04:47 AM
I've endured the hateful and disparaging remarks about myself for way too long. Anna, you really should have thought through what you posted about me. I've posted my diploma above for your viewing pleasure. I would post the professional license I hold but I've figured I'd wait until you decide to fabricate stories about that as well before I do. Your statement- "despite the fact that her highest level of education is a GED" is an outright lie. In fact most of your post is an outright lie. I'm distressed that the Patch editors have decided to remove it, although I understand their reason's for doing so. You seemed determined to point out that others have put in countless hours and thousands of dollars to achieve some higher degree of prestige than I have. My license cost me over $4000 to earn, I must biennially put hours and dollars into continuing education to retain that license, and I am nothing but proud that I entered the workforce doing something I wanted to do. Have you let your current vocational students know how little you think of them? I'm astounded that Mr. Grimes resignation from the board has somehow turned in to an attack campaign against me. I had absolutely nothing to do with his decision. If you have information to the contrary, please cite your sources when posting. To "Mr. Real", I think that the Academic Costume Code & Ceremony Guide is just that- a guide. I broke no rules, but I am determined to set a new standard for vocational graduates.
Kellie Patterson June 05, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Sumco Res- I guess using a real name isn't really necessary, but with all the fake names anyway, I guess it doesn't matter that you you get away with violating the terms of service with this screen moniker. First of all, there were no "antics" at graduation. Were you there? I was and I can tell you that no one said a word to me about my appearance. All graduates that I handed a diploma to seemed pleased and were smiling. The focus, most definitely, was NOT on me. It was about the graduates- including the vocational graduates that I determined were worthy of representing on stage. Until someone comes up with a better way to represent the accomplishments of ALL graduates, not just those college bound, I will proudly wear the colors of the school that put me on the path to success.
Anna Dwyer June 05, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Kellie - I do my daughter's hair every day but I dont pretend to be a cosmotologist. Please don't pretend to have a master's degree. If, as you claim, the rules for dress are nothing but guidelines, I'd like to propose that next year the teachers get to wear the PhD gowns. They're much more formal and will really jazz up the event.
Kellie Patterson June 05, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Is this your way of apologizing to me for publishing libelous statements about me? Do you study the stars? No? Then I guess you're right. You're not a "cosmotologist." Additionally, I have yet to see a report filed by anyone regarding anyone else's work habits. Perhaps you should bring this to someone's attention. Or do you think I should sit in the halls of the high school and police the time clock? Maybe I should proofread your posts while I'm there. When you publish false statements about me or high school principals, or anyone else for that matter, it's called libel. I suggest you look up the definition and consequences the word.
Susan Ruiz Patton June 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM
OK Readers, we're going to close the comments on this story for personal attacks.

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