MEDINA — Ron Ross was sworn in as the new president of the Medina school board at an organizational meeting Monday at Medina High School.
He was sworn in by Treasurer Dave Chambers.
Also, Valerie Pavlik was sworn in as vice president for 2019.
“I’m absolutely honored to be the Medina City School Board of Education president for 2019,” Ross said in a statement.
“We, as your Board of Education, plan to work with Superintendent Aaron Sable, Assistant Superintendent Kris Quallich, Treasurer Dave Chambers, and the entire staff, to continue to educate our children by supporting our five-year strategic plan that was developed in 2017 with input from our community, staff, parents, and students.
“This upcoming year will be the second year of its implementation. I want to thank Mrs. (Becky) Parkhurst, outgoing board president, for her energy, enthusiasm and leadership in guiding the school board this past year. I learned so much from her. Her shoes will be very difficult to fill.”
Ross said he hopes to keep the district moving in a positive direction.
He also wants to promote a culture of transparency and to “diligently focus on every student, every day.”
Parkhurst said it was an honor to serve as president in 2018.
“(It) was a big year for the district as we entered the second year of our strategic plan,” she said. “The highlight for me was the support of the community with the passage of the levy in May. That could not have happened without the dedicated support of Kids First Medina, administrators, teachers, staff, students and our community.”
The passage of the levy has allowed for financial stability of the district, she said, which allowed it to implement free, all-day kindergarten and additional course offerings at the high school and middle schools.
“As a result, not only are we on target with our plan, but we have also found other ways to provide more services to our students all while remaining fiscally responsible,” Parkhurst said.
In addition to their service on the board, members serve on a number of state, Board of Education and district committees. At the state level, they serve as delegates at the Ohio School Board Association’s annual meeting.
The other members of the board are Doug Eastwood and Rob Skidmore.