It’s election season and Barberton and Norton have essential native races. The Herald is offering profiles of every candidate, written by themselves, flippantly edited for fashion. Every candidate answered 4 questions: Who’re you? Why are you working? What makes you higher than your opponent(s)? If (re-)elected, what are your plans?
Listed here are be Norton’s college board candidates, offered in alphabetical order; voters could select three of the 5:
My title is Patrick Burch and I’ve been a Norton resident since 2014. My spouse and I’ve two children ages 6 and 4 that preserve us very busy. We have now developed lifelong associates all all through this group and it’s time for me to offer again. I’m an engineer by commerce with a decade of operations expertise in both challenge or personnel administration positions. I at the moment lead a workforce of a number of hundred manufacturing personnel in a 24/7 operation up in Cleveland. In my spare time, I’m in a management position with a local people outreach ministry the place I attempt to leverage all of my time and sources to make the largest constructive influence potential on the individuals round me. After I get time to myself I get pleasure from looking, engaged on initiatives round the home and making reminiscences with my household.
I see a necessity for principled leaders in all ranges of presidency which can be prepared to take their oath to the Structure critically and that begins with educating our youth. After we see a public college system that’s primarily run by one world view we all know we’ve an issue. This downside has manifested itself in plain sight in at present’s society on the subject of heavy handed COVID coverage and harmful materials making its method into our faculties by means of the again door. Our nation was based by an excellent group of males that envisioned participation in authorities from all corners of society. This imaginative and prescient of competing concepts from all points of life has been misplaced throughout the public college system. I actually really feel like there’s a massive share of our society basically, and particularly in Norton, that’s on the lookout for somebody to symbolize their values within the oversight of the district.
I’ve been part of numerous main capital funding initiatives and I do know what it takes to drive efficiency in a corporation. I in all probability don’t match the usual description of what individuals anticipate of their conventional college board candidate and I feel that’s my greatest benefit. You might be voting on far more than somebody’s social standing or whether or not their household tree grew up on the town or not. A whole lot of instances native politics turns into a stark reminder of our worst reminiscences of highschool recognition contests. I’m not part of the “membership” and I feel that’s one thing this city wants. Oversight in a college system needs to be completed in a principled method that places the scholars first. I’m unashamed of my Christian religion and my conservative worldview as a result of it penetrates each resolution I make all through my life. That is the inspiration I stand on as I dwell my life and I intend to carry these values to the varsity board.
My strategy to the board goes to be just like my skilled life. My specialty all through my whole profession, I has been to get in entrance of a workforce and assist break down obstacles that maintain us again from attaining our objectives. We are able to clearly outline our objectives within the schooling system by taking a look at how effectively we’re spending our cash, what sorts of instructional outcomes we’re getting on account of that funding and what sort of progress we’re making in our efforts to enhance. I’m excited to work with the workers to create essentially the most effectively rounded instructional expertise potential for the scholars. An enormous a part of the success of the district hinges on the belief degree of the group. We have to enhance communication with the group so everybody can simply perceive precisely the place their tax cash goes and what sorts of outcomes we’re getting with that funding. Norton is a rising group, which may be very thrilling, however that brings a singular set of challenges to the district. I’ll discover essentially the most inventive methods potential to maintain the group knowledgeable on all of those initiatives.
My title is Sarah Dykes and I’m a graduate of Norton Metropolis Faculties.
Folks have misplaced confidence in public schooling. We’ve strayed from a deal with very good core topic mastery and a price system upheld for generations. If our public faculties are supposed to be a mirrored image of the general public with whom they reside, then the values of that public needs to be evident. Sadly, I’ve seen and heard from many in our group that this isn’t the case and plenty of others are merely unsure. Moreover, of us are discouraged and disheartened and query whether or not their voices are represented on this group we share and within the district we assist.
As a proud Norton graduate, energetic group member, devoted aunt and godmother, I’ve determined to run for college board to be the contemporary voice our district wants and symbolize the group as an entire, one which displays our core values and is diligent in preserving the tutorial requirements of excellence which have for many years earned us a distinction of pleasure.
With Norton as my hometown, my worth system is firmly rooted as a small-town woman. I’ve attended the identical church my whole life, the place I’ve been elected to quite a few committees and volunteered with Kids’s Sunday College and Trip Bible College. I’ve been a ballot election official for a few years and I’ve beforehand been elected as a precinct committee official for Summit County. Along with different civic memberships, I’m a Good friend of the Library, and I volunteer with Proper to Lifetime of Northeast Ohio. I’ve 20 years expertise in nonprofit and public coverage sectors with an emphasis on grassroots activism; as an alumna, I’d carry an unbiased and distinctive perspective to the Board.
My high precedence as a member of the Norton college board is to be a consultant of our group and our values whereas advocating for top instructional requirements.
A key think about scholar success is parental involvement. It’s crucial that the dad and mom have oversight and approval of the supplies of their youngsters’s school rooms. There’s a lack of transparency and communication in material, day-to-day classes and classroom sources. I want to give the facility again to the dad and mom by making a group evaluate board that can be sure that all supplies are age-appropriate, align with curriculum requirements, and promote our American values. I don’t assist educating Essential Race Idea or Variety, Fairness, and Inclusion classes in any kind as they search to divide reasonably than unite. I don’t condone Complete Sexual Training or Social Emotional Studying as these are inconsistent with the values of our group. I’ll work diligently to advertise instructional alternatives that enable our college students to thrive out and in of the classroom. I’ll encourage packages akin to our 4-Cities Compact that create and promote alternate avenues for profession success in addition to packages for elevated group involvement.
I’m the present president of the Board of Training for Norton Metropolis Faculties and was elected to the varsity board 4 years in the past. I’m additionally a lifelong resident of Norton, in addition to a graduate of Norton Excessive College.
Most significantly, I’m a husband and a father. My spouse Angie and I shall be celebrating our twenty fifth anniversary this fall. We’re proud to have two fantastic youngsters. Our daughter Mya graduated from Norton Excessive College in 2019 and our son Andrew shall be receiving his diploma in Might as a part of the category of 2022.
Norton faculties is a big purpose why my spouse and I made a decision to lift our household on this group. 4 years in the past, I made a decision that the easiest way that I may proceed to offer again was to hitch the varsity board to make sure that the longer term households would have the chance to have the identical nice expertise as mine whereas attending Norton Faculties.
I really feel that in my time on this board I’ve helped create an open-minded and team-oriented ambiance which has garnered the assist of this group. I’m working once more to proceed to see the progress of this board and this district. It has been a pleasure to serve, and I sit up for persevering with for 4 extra years.
(I’ve) expertise, each board expertise and management expertise in my skilled and private life have given me the instruments wanted to collaborate with others to set and obtain objectives. As a board member it’s essential to see the large image. It’s straightforward to fixate on one matter or subject, nevertheless, you will need to perceive how that one resolution may have an effect on many alternative individuals. This was by no means extra evident than over the previous 18 months. The COVID-19 pandemic left us to make selections day by day that might have had lasting results lengthy past that present day. The expertise of navigating our district via that point with our workforce has made me a greater board member.
In 2018 Norton Metropolis Faculties handed a much-needed working levy. Since then, conversations have shifted from what must be minimize into what extra might be completed for our college students and workers. With that change in dialog, the tradition has modified. “We roar collectively” is greater than a motto, it’s a lifestyle in Norton Metropolis Faculties. My plan, if re-elected, is to proceed to collaborate with our wonderful workforce to nurture this tradition whereas holding the traditions and values that this group has supported through the years. Progress –Neighborhood–Pleasure had been the values that I based mostly my marketing campaign on 4 years in the past and people nonetheless stand at present.
I’m the spouse of a lifelong resident of Norton, Dan Staats, who has been an educator in Canal Fulton and wrestling coach for 28 years. I’ve two grownup sons and Dan and I’ve a daughter who attends Norton Elementary College. I’m a former college board member of St. Hilary College in Fairlawn, Ohio. As a profitable enterprise proprietor, Marine Corps Officer Candidate College graduate and training lawyer for the previous 28 years, I understand how to get issues completed. I’ve lived in Norton for the previous 11 years and have turn out to be totally engaged in our group. I’m a member of the Norton Historic Society, Norton Kiwanis, Norton Elementary College’s Father or mother Advisory Committee and Norton’s Panther Dad and mom Athletic Booster Membership. I’m a Norton Excessive College Wrestling statistician, Norton Youth Fastpitch Softball volunteer and former Norton Youth Cheerleading adviser. As a result of I’m deeply concerned in our group, I hear what dad and mom need for his or her college students and am dedicated to the continued enchancment of Norton Metropolis Faculties. In simply eight months as a member of the Norton Metropolis College’s college board, I chaired the Panther Preview occasion, bringing our whole group collectively to have a good time our college students and the beginning of a brand new college 12 months. I’m at the moment working to enhance our educational and athletic packages. I’ll be sure that the varsity district is an effective steward of our taxpayers’ cash. I’m not afraid to roll up my sleeves to make issues higher. I’m dedicated to serving Norton faculties and am asking for my constituent’s votes.
I used to be appointed to the Norton Board of Training on Dec. 14, 2021, to fill Pat Santelli’s place. In my quick tenure, I’ve impacted the varsity district and have extra that I want to accomplish. I really feel I can proceed to make a constructive distinction for our college students and their instructional expertise.
What units me other than my opponents is that I’ve college board expertise inside and outdoors Norton Metropolis Faculties. I perceive the position of the Board of Training and I’m dedicated to working with the opposite members of the board to proceed to make Norton a wonderful college district. Being married to a instructor and being the father or mother of a scholar, I carry a singular perspective to the board as a result of I do know what happens each inside and outside the classroom.
I’m a profitable lawyer with a observe devoted to household legislation, so I do know and perceive many points our college students face. My colleagues have chosen me to serve in management positions with the Akron Bar Affiliation. Having obtained a top quality schooling myself, I do know first-hand how a stable educational program can open doorways for college students. As such, I wish to see continued enchancment in Norton’s state and nationwide rankings and check scores. As an energetic member of a number of group organizations in Norton, I’m conscious of what residents need out of our college district and for his or her youngsters. Except for planning the Panther Preview occasion, I’ve labored to carry web connectivity to our stadium, which is within the strategy of being put in over the subsequent couple of months. I’ve instructed utilizing our 4 Cities Compact college students to construct a pavilion on the stadium in order that followers can collect for tailgating earlier than video games and college students have a spot for out of doors studying. I’m centered on bettering the maintenance of our district’s campus grounds and services. As a result of I’ve a daughter enrolled in Norton Metropolis Faculties, I’m personally invested in the neighborhood and wish our college system to repeatedly enhance. We should have board members who worth Norton faculties sufficient to enroll their youngsters in our college system.
If elected, I plan to guarantee that our college students obtain a wonderful schooling that can allow them to achieve success and prepared for careers within the twenty first century. Whereas Norton gives an excellent schooling, there’s at all times room for enchancment and for the district to undertake new instructional avenues for college students to succeed. I assist implementing varied paths to profession readiness and bettering state and nationwide check scores and rankings. I plan to reinforce college packages each out and in of the classroom. We should educate the entire scholar, academically, artistically, and bodily. I’m at the moment working to have transparency concerning how the varsity system budgets for athletics and different extra-curricular actions. I plan to make sure that the varsity district is an effective steward of our group’s cash, and I wish to proceed bringing the Norton group collectively to assist our college students.
I’m a Norton graduate who has lived in the neighborhood for the final 36 years and have devoted myself to bettering Norton faculties for a few years. I’m married to Paul and we’ve 4 youngsters and 6 grandchildren. I’m the secretary of the Norton Alumni Affiliation, which raises cash for scholar scholarships. I’m a member of Kiwanis and I take part within the Akron Kids’s Hospital Tree competition annually in reminiscence of our daughter, Nicole. As well as, I co-founded the non-profit group the Norton Metropolis Faculties Basis which additionally helps college students with scholarships. I additionally volunteer with Norton Help in the course of the holidays. Norton Help gives households with meals at Thanksgiving and items for Christmas. I additionally volunteer at my church by serving to with the Blessing Bag program. The Blessing Bag Program gives a bag of meals for meals insecure Norton college students for the weekend. As well as, I used to be a Norton Woman Scout chief for 13 years. I like serving and making an attempt to make issues higher for our college students.
I’m working for re-election on the varsity board as a result of I’ve a ardour for serving the kids within the Norton Faculties. My expertise working inside our college system in addition to my involvement in the neighborhood provides me a useful perspective of the wants inside our district. It takes exhausting work and dedication to take care of a high ranked college system inside our funds. My objective is to proceed to work with our district to enhance the tutorial expertise of our college students. We try for this every day.
I’ve an amazing dedication to our college system and a few years of expertise devoted to creating Norton Metropolis Faculties higher for our college students. I’ve been working in our college system for over 30 years, which started when my youngsters first entered Norton Metropolis Faculties. I run a fundraiser on the band competitors Artwork in Movement to lift cash for Kids’s Hospital. I assist with Norton Help and co-run a program known as Blessing Luggage which gives meals for meals insecure youngsters on the weekends in the course of the college 12 months. I’ve at all times put scholar’s wants first and I’ve an excellent working relationship with our directors and workers which permits us to perform an excellent deal. All of us work exhausting collectively to ship the absolute best instructional experiences for our children. My coronary heart is with our college students and group and I’d like to proceed to serve them.
My high precedence is and has at all times been the schooling of our college students and to supply the absolute best alternatives for them inside our funds. I perceive college funds, which isn’t at all times straightforward. I need us to proceed to supply extra packages, together with courses to higher equip college students to work and lead after commencement. We have to proceed to supply psychological well being providers to assist our college students address the pandemic and the problems they face as they undergo life. We’re by no means completed in evaluating what we are able to do for our college students. Collectively, I wish to proceed to work towards offering higher instructional alternatives to arrange our college students for his or her future.
Listed here are Barberton’s college board candidates. Two seats are open.
My title is David M. Polacek, I’ve been married to Pleasure Polacek (BHS Class of ’87), the daddy of two BHS graduates, Joe (2018) and Brooke (2021). An Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster of Troop 110 in Barberton, I’ve resided in Barberton Since 1987. I’m a graduate of Norton Excessive College (’86) and The College of Akron, BA (’91). I’m a member of the Magic Metropolis Kiwanis and ending my third time period on the board.
I used to be a part of a board that began a plan to reinforce the district, with new buildings, curriculum improvement and to show what many knew already, that Barberton Metropolis College District is an incredible entity. These final two years have been difficult and our workforce has taken the lead in some ways. We aren’t by means of this but and I want to stay on the board to assist proceed our constructive route.
What makes me higher than my opponent? Nothing. Dedication and dedication are vital in any elected place.
What are my plans? I’m solely one among 5 voices on the board. My plans are to proceed to fulfill these challenges head to head and be sure that our district is the most effective it may be.
Polacek faces a write-in problem from Brady Avenue resident Tina Ludwig. Ludwig was invited to take part within the profiles however didn’t submit one.