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Copley-Fairlawn board discusses Schafer’s seat

12/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education expects the resignation of one of its members, Julie Schafer, to come soon since she was elected last month to serve as a judge in Akron Municipal Court.

Treasurer John Wheadon said during the Dec. 11 Board of Education meeting that the board will soon begin accepting applications to fill the open seat. Wheadon added the opening will be posted in the West Side Leader and on the district’s website, www.copley- fairlawn.org. At press time, the application had been posted on the website. Though her resignation has not yet been formally received, district officials are already accepting applications, according to Wheadon.

The board has 30 days once it receives a resignation to fill the open seat, according to Board President Ken Calderone.

“Worth mentioning is that under law a person cannot be a judge and school board member, so she really has no choice,” said board member Richard Levin.

Schafer, who has been on the board for a total of 14 years, was absent from the meeting. She did not return a call for comment by press time regarding her plan for resigning from the board. Wheadon noted he does not expect Schafer to submit her formal resignation until after Jan. 1.

Schafer’s term on the school board runs through December 2015, according to district officials.

Also at the meeting, the board recognized Students of the Month for November, including Michael Wachs for Arrowhead Primary School, Kaden Kroslak for Fort Island Primary School, Gavin Hill for Herberich Primary School, Kiera Moorer for Copley-Fairlawn Middle School and Jordan Cotleur for Copley High School (CHS).

CHS soccer player Christopher Brennan was recognized as the district’s Athlete of the Month for November.

In other business, the board:

  • approved disposing of a 2000 Ford van in accordance with district policies. Wheadon said the van is probably worth less than $1,000;
  • accepted donations, including adaptive student equipment valued at $1,000 from the Ozaki family and $140 to the CHS boys tennis program from Sharon Aten;
  • accepted the resignation for retirement purposes of tutor/teacher Connie Kluender, effective June 30, 2015;
  • hired, pending background and license checks, Kristen Keiper as a part-time gifted tutor and Deborah Hermann, Katherine Jones, Nancy Shehata and Sara Trogdon as home instruction tutors. Superintendent Brian Poe noted the district employs home instruction tutors to work with students who would require alternate work at home in cases of illness or other extenuating circumstances, so the district can continue to provide a free and appropriate public education for them; and
  • appointed Calderone as president pro-tempore from Jan. 1 until a new president is named at the Jan. 7 meeting.

The board will hold its annual organizational meeting Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., followed by a regular meeting in the Main Conference Room at CHS, 3797 Ridgewood Road.

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