News Today – Race for Parma City Schools Board of Education includes crowded election ballot

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PARMA, Ohio — Voters in Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills will be deciding a crowded Parma City Schools Board of Education field with six candidates vying for three open seats.

Candidates seeking a four-year term include incumbents Amanda M. Karpus, John Schweitzer and Steven Vaughn, as well as contenders Michelle Burgos, Horatiu Lungu and Mark Ruda.

In a separate race, Cyndee Bratz and Michael Johns are seeking to fill the remaining two-year term of former board of education member Karen S. Dendorfer, who died early this year. The former candidate was appointed to fill her seat in late 2020.

The four-year term finds board members earning $125 per meeting with a maximum of $5,000 annually.

The election is Nov. 2, with early voting currently open.

All contested candidates were emailed questionnaires. Here are profiles of the responding Parma City Schools Board of Education candidates:

Four-year term board of education candidate: John Schweitzer

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired educator, teacher, principal and assistant superintendent

Prior elected office or campaign: Current Parma City Schools Board of Education President

Education: Parma Senior High; BS. Ed. Miami University; MEd. Kent State

Family: Wife, Debra, with two children and two grandchildren

Why are you running? The school board election of 2017 ushered in a new and fresh era to the Parma City School District and I am still proud of being on that winning team. Through the work of this board — a dedicated team of employees — through responsible fiscal decisions and by putting children first, a major turnaround occurred. Over these past four years, the state has removed the district from fiscal caution, they no longer monitor our finance committee meetings and, most recently, strongly commended us regarding our fiscal future. We received a perfect audit, and by mastering all areas of the audit, we received the honor of the ranking highest achievement of open and transparent government. With no “new” money, we have eliminated pay-to-play and updated our entire curriculum to keep our students competitive. I am running again to continue the excellent work this board has begun. We will continue to make certain our students receive the best possible education.

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Candidate website: none

Four-year term board of education candidate: Steven Vaughn

Age: 61

Occupation: retired Parma City School District teacher and currently first assistant golf professional at Weymouth Country Club

Prior elected office or campaign: Current Parma City Schools Board of Education Vice President

Education: BS Ed in Science, Ohio University; Master’s in Counseling, Cleveland State University; PGA Management program

Family: Wife, Mary, with children Stephen, Hannah and Kathryn

Why are you running? I want to continue to bring the three communities together. Four years ago, the district was going into state receivership, That was averted. I want to keep moving our system forward. I want to continue to restore the trust of the community and the school system by being respectful to all parties, community members and staff alike. I also want to continue to be fiscally responsible by making decisions that will most benefit the students and continue fostering the STEM program by implementing that method in classes through seventh grade.

Candidate website: none

Four-year term board of education candidate: Amanda M. Karpus

Age: 36

Occupation: Operations officer for a marine construction firm

Prior elected office or campaign: Current Parma City Schools Board of Education member

Education: Valley Forge High School; BA Marketing, Capella University Family: Husband, Ron, with children Brady (20), Frankie (16), Hailey (15), Gino (13), Scarlett (9) and Guinevere (8)

Why are you running? I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio with that true rust-belt work ethic. I’m a mom, a wife and a public education advocate who wants to continue building on the transparency, student achievement and fiscal accountability I’ve worked to help grow in the Parma City School District. My unique perspective as a mom of five students currently enrolled in the district allows me to bring a parent’s voice to the highest levels of our district. I serve on the legislative and policy committees in the district, helped co-found the district-wide initiative Embrace All and serve on the Ohio School Boards Association’s governance board for public education advocacy.

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