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This Just In: Curtis Grimes Resigns From Cuyahoga Falls School Board

The two-term member sent a letter of resignation Thursday morning informing the Summit County Board of Elections and the school district of his resignation.

The will soon be in search of a new board member given today’s news that Curtis Grimes will be stepping down, reports the Falls News Press.

Grimes, a two-term member, said Thursday morning that “…it was time to go,” according to board president Dave Rump.

Grimes’s motivations to resign are unclear, but the move may have coincided with his son, Zachary, graduating from Wednesday night at

Grimes sent a letter of resignation Thursday morning to the Summit County Board of Elections. It stated, “I … hereby resign effective immediately from the Cuyahoga Falls City School District Board of Education.” 

In following proper procedure, Joseph Masich, director of the board of elections, forwarded the letter to Falls schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols.

According to cfalls.org, Grimes served as board president for two years and currently volunteers with the IMP, Cuyahoga Falls Athletic Boosters and the Cuyahoga Falls Alumni Foundation.

His wife Michelle, along with his sons Cory and Zach, are residents of Silver Lake.

Paul May 31, 2012 at 09:59 PM
What a loser. I feel sorry for the candidates who lost to him. They probably had more integrity. Now the BOE will get to choose a clique to join them for the rest of the term.
John Deike May 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Paul, though we encourage readers to offer their opinions and input, we ask that they do so in a respectful and constructive manner. Also, Patch Terms of Use state that readers must provide their full name http://cuyahogafalls.patch.com/terms. That way, folks are less apt to leave disparaging remarks. Thank you.
Wanda Minor May 31, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Good riddance.
Paul June 01, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Sorry. It's just that when a public servant leaves office in this manner, I feel that votes were wasted and replacement opportunities for non-elected cronies open up. Grimes did not treat his election to the BOE as a privilege.
Terry June 01, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Paul, perfectly said. Rather than appointing someone, they should go to the person who got the next highest number of votes. I believe there's a lot of distrust in the school board members to begin with after the court debacle involving member Patterson. An APPOINTEE will leave that lingering bad taste in the mouth.
Earl Elevant June 01, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Is it speculation on the reporter's part that his son graduating prompted the resignation? If not, then where did the information come from? Bad reporting. Give a source or state it's personal opinion. Otherwise it's nothing more than tabloid journalism.
Michael C June 01, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Mr. Grimes has been telling people he was going to resign once his son graduated since late last year so I don’t think it’s speculation on the reporter's part. I hope Mr. Grimes resignation puts an end to his family’s control of our school district. I’ve yet to attend a football or basketball game where his family wasn’t running the show. The amount of nepotism that goes on with him is sickening. The board should appoint the most qualified applicant, not the person who received the highest votes. The person with the highest votes was endorsed by the Democratic party. You also had candidates that were endorsed by the Republican party, other school board members, and Don Robart! This certainly inflated their vote counts. Issue 2 also affected the school board election as people were more likely to vote for democratic (union-supported) candidates. So appointing the person who had the highest vote count isn’t the right course of action.
Concerned taxpayer June 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Mr. Grimes and his wife are there voulunteering their time and efforts to the schools. I am curious Michael C. are you there volunteering or just sitting and watching everyone else do the work?
Paul June 01, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Personal challenges contribute nothing to this story. Personal attacks like this only reduce the number of people who want to risk being ridiculed for their comments.
Paul June 01, 2012 at 07:25 PM
The most qualified applicant will be determined with a bias that tends towards homogeneity. In other words, they will select someone with the same views and opinions as the remaining BOE. People who vote against school levies as well as have opposing opinions about how monies are spent, need at least a chance to get someone on the BOE who represents them. This means voting.
Earl Elevant June 02, 2012 at 05:12 AM
If Mr. Grimes has been saying he was going to resign, then where's his quote? Who is this information attributed to? Was it in the resignation letter? Where did it come from? Essentially, if this makes Mr. Grimes look bad and he didn't say it himself, who should he sue for libel?

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