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Position papers: Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education

10/3/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Romi Brozeit vs. Sue Emich (incumbent) vs. Richard Levin (incumbent) vs. Jessica Vargo (incumbent)

Voters living in the Copley-Fairlawn City School District will vote for three candidates for Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education in the Nov. 5 General Election. The race is nonpartisan. The information provided below was submitted by the candidates, with their responses to our questions printed as submitted.



Romi Brozeit

Why are you running for a seat on the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education?

“I am seeking a seat on the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education to promote its continued excellence and work with all segments of Copley-Fairlawn City Schools (CFCS) to build even stronger programs to help our children confront the challenges their futures will bring.

“I am passionate for our children and understand how vital an excellent education is for their future success. I believe strongly in supporting the valued being professionals of our staff, teachers and administrators enabling them to work cohesively and achieve the vision and goals of the district.

“I have two children in the district and have been active in the PTA since 2005 serving as Herberich Primary School PTA President for two years and 1st Vice President (VP) for two years. Currently I am serving as 2nd VP at the middle school. Prior to focusing on raising a family I was Director of Development for the California-based International Myeloma Foundation helping the foundation’s operating budget grow from less than $400,000 to $1.5 million.

“I am committed to the district and believe in the value of a continued excellence in education, I am ready to serve at the next level in support of our students, teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and members of the community as a member of the Copley-Fairlawn City School Board.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“I believe public education is the foundation of what makes our communities and nation great. I desire to serve on the CFCS Board of Education to:

“Ensure optimal achievement for all students, including children with special needs, those who may require additional help and accelerated programs for gifted students.

“Improve communication between the CFCS and the communities it serves to prioritize excellence in instruction and activities without unnecessarily burdening taxpayers.

“Advocate for CFCS interests with local, regional, state and federal public officials focusing on educational mandates as they relate to students’ learning.”

Sue Emich (incumbent)

Why are you running for a seat on the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education?

“I am running for Copley-Fairlawn Board of Education because it is way to give back to the schools and the community. I have 8 years experience on the board as well as having a great working relationship with the current administration and know I can make a difference in the lives of our students. In this day of changing educational practices it is so important to be informed and involved.”

What would be your top three priorities if you were re-elected? Why?

  1. “One of the issues facing public schools today is too much interference from the state and federal level. There are too many unfunded mandates. We are inundated with mandates from the state and federal government from Race to the Top, and Common Core to name a few. I am a firm believer in local control. These are our children, not some product of the state. The new push is for mayoral controlled schools. This would take the running of our schools out of the hands of the community. The boards would be appointed, would then be politically controlled and not elected by the people in the communities. Not a good thing for public eduction. There is also a big push to consolidate and have big school districts. Again in my opinion, not a good thing for our students. Here in Copley-Fairlawn, we have great administrators, great staff, and unbelievable community support. I will fight to keep it that way.
  2. “Another issue is school funding.. Out of a $33 million general fund budget, we get approximately $1.8 million from the state per year that goes directly into the general fund. We get another $1 million from the federal government. The rest of our funds come directly from taxes within our communities.. We are constantly loosing funding to on line schools, to for profit charter schools which under perform year after year and are not held accountable to the tax payers, and to the voucher system. We have lost the …” [Exceeded stated word limit.]


Richard Levin (incumbent)

Why are you running for a seat on the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education?

“I believe that nothing is more important than the education of our young people. Now in my 19th year on the Copley-Fairlawn Board of Education, I have consistently promoted schools of excellence, offering appropriate instruction for the most able students, those with special needs, and those in between. I would like to continue my role in the stewardship of our schools. If re-elected, I will do my utmost to ensure that we maintain and enhance the many fine things that are happening in our schools.”

What would be your top three priorities if you were re-elected? Why?

“Decision-making by the school board and administration is a collaborative process which has produced very favorable results over the years. No one person sets the agenda. There are many significant objectives, a combination of sustaining our excellent educational program and dealing with other pressing issues. I will elaborate on three major priorities while recognizing that other issues are also of the utmost importance.

“FISCAL: We must continue to prudently manage the District’s financial affairs. We are blessed with strong leadership in this regard from our superintendent and treasurer, who are determined (as is the board) to keep our promise to the taxpayers to make the most recent operating levy suffice for at least five years, barring unforeseen adversity. Unfortunately, the state’s participation in our finances is problematic, with minimal direct funding and unwarranted funding for vouchers and charter schools at our District’s expense.

“ACADEMIC/CO-CURRICULAR: Our outstanding academic program as well as our strong co-curricular activities must be maintained and enhanced, within budgetary parameters. Our sustained success in these areas is largely the result of careful selection (and subsequent development) of administrators, teachers and support staff, together with our highly supportive families. Timely updating of curriculum and maintaining appropriate class sizes are also critical.

“EMPLOYEE RELATIONS: We must build on the fine relationships we have with our outstanding teachers and support staff. Successful negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with our two unions is a key goal for the coming months.”



Jessica Vargo (incumbent)

Why are you running for a seat on the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education?

“I wish to continue my service to the community using the skills and gifts that I possess.”

What would be your top three priorities if you were re-elected? Why?

“Maintain stability of the District

“Continue to improve offerings of the District while at the same time balancing with the limited resources

“Provide leadership during a time of uncertainty as to direction the state of Ohio is moving with public education

“The District is already an ‘Excellent’ district that manages well the resources that they are provided so to maintain stability of that excellence is a top priority. The District promised the community that they would try to stretch the levy dollars to at least five years so to continue to balance those resources with the goals of the District is very important in order to stay true to that promise. Finally, there is much uncertainty as to the future mandates by the state, how they will be funded, interplay with charter schools and more so to have leadership in place that understands the dynamics and has the history will help the community and our schools into the future.”

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