|Education||Marine Corps Institute in Mathematics and courses in Mechanical and Electrical Physics. Attended schools in Key West, Florida; Santa Anna, California; and New River, North Carolina and had a special Top Secret (Yankee White) White House Clearance|
|Employer||Special Events Coordinator and Manager, Austintown Quaker Steak & Lube since 2006|
|Family||Wife - Lena, former employee of Department of the Army, Pentagon
Son - Ken, Graduate of Austintown Fitch and YSU
Daughter - Kim, Graduate of Austintown Fitch and YSU
|Family in office?||Daugher, Kim - Austintown Intermediate School Teacher|
|Reasons for running||Restore the confidence the public once had in the Austintown Board of Education.
Provide an open door policy for all taxpayers. I WILL be accessible and approachable.
|Priorities||Ensuring the safety of transporting our children to and from school is paramount.
I will listen to parents concerns regarding all related busing issues and address those issues in an expedited manner.
Work to bridge the gap in communication between school board members and parents. I WILL be accessible and approachable.
Ensure our children are provided with the best education possible and ensure we provide each child with all the necessary materials (in ex. books, computers, etc.) to succeed.
Re-evaluate open enrollment and the effects it has had on our school system and community.
Organize focus groups and actually listen to the committee's input.
|Qualifications||Lifelong resident of Austintown
Graduate of Austintown Fitch 1964
Former Austintown Board of Education Member (1987-2003)
Management experience, Austintown Quaker Steak & Lube
Team player, General Motors Retiree
Continuous community involvement
|Positions on the issues||Opposed to Austintown moving in the direction of an Academy School.
As a Board, we need to put pressure on our legislators to create a better balance on funding between public and charter schools.
Our central office needs to be more open and sensitive to the community's needs.
Discontinue the services of the Toledo Marketing firm, Wixey Network, which cost the school district $35,000.00. We should not be sending our tax dollars to an outside marketing firm when we need jobs HERE!
Expedite and resolve the ownership issue of the old AMS/Fitch building on Mahoning Avenue.