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8/7/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Woodridge board chooses McHugh for vacant seat

Jeffrey McHugh
PENINSULA — A familiar face has rejoined the Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education.

Former interim board member Jeffrey McHugh was chosen by the rest of the board to serve out the remainder of the term of George DeBord, who resigned July 2.

McHugh was sworn in by Woodridge Treasurer Deanna Levenger at a special board meeting July 30. His term will expire Dec. 31, 2015.

In August 2011, McHugh was chosen to complete the term of Melissa Wilkinson, who resigned. He ran for the seat in November 2013 but was not elected. In the meantime, he co-chaired the district’s successful renewal levy campaign in May and served on the facilities committee that has been analyzing and deciding what to do with Woodridge’s school buildings.

According to district officials, he was one of five candidates who applied for the board seat. The others were Marlene Martin, Patrick Shade, Michael Wagner and Willie Watts Jr.

McHugh, a Cuyahoga Falls resident, is superintendent of the Electric Department for the City of Painesville, according to district officials.

In other business, the board approved hiring Beau Schluep as a social studies teacher for Woodridge High School. He also was hired as assistant high school girls soccer coach.

At a special meeting July 23, the board also hired a new principal for Woodridge Intermediate School, following the recent resignation of Gretchen Lawn. Kristin Jagger was given a three-year contract effective Aug. 1.

At the same meeting, board members approved a 3 percent raise for Superintendent Walter Davis effective Aug. 1.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Woodridge Administration Building, 4411 Quick Road.

— By Becky Tompkins


Our Lady of the Elms hires new elementary school principal

Jennifer Milam
WEST AKRON — Our Lady of the Elms has chosen Jennifer Milam as the new elementary school principal.

“Dr. Milam is a confident administrator and outstanding leader who motivates by example, establishes clear expectations and provides the necessary support to ensure tasks are completed and objectives met,” said Elms Chief Administrative Officer Ruth Friedman.

For five years, Milam has been an assistant professor in early childhood and curriculum studies in the Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies at The University of Akron (UA). She also served as strategic inclusive engagement officer in the College of Education at UA.

“I look forward to working with Elms’ families, students and stakeholders, as well as strengthening our community relationships,” said Milam.

A graduate of Texas Tech University, she has a bachelor’s degree in elementary/middle education. She also has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.

Her awards include UA’s College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Faculty Engagement Award.

— By Stephanie Kist

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