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Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education Appoints New President

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Kellie Patterson as president at an organizational meeting on Monday night.

With a unanimous vote on Monday night, Kellie Patterson was appointed president of the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education.

Patterson, who has served on the board for five years, replaced Dave Rump in the leadership role. 

Board member Barb Gunter was appointed vice president. 

Patterson and Gunter will each serve one-year terms. 

Following the vote, Patterson offered this statement to the public:

I want to thank my colleagues for their vote of confidence. There are many that would have thrown the towel in long ago. The fact that we still sit here together, despite the trials and tribulations we’ve faced, speaks volumes on the character of the people that I serve with.  Our differences do not divide us. Our differences seem to be the driving force behind our determination to give the children and young adults of Cuyahoga Falls a foundation for success.  The board is comprised of strong-willed and dedicated individuals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets that benefit the group as a whole in carrying out the districts mission- “To assure [that] each student is equipped with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the future.”

The coming year is bringing epic changes to the way schools conduct business. The challenges we face are many, but, to steal a line from David Binkley- “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” And we’ve had a lot of bricks thrown at us this past year. OTES, OPES, Common Core, online testing, complete overhaul of the report card system... You get it.

But I will go one further, I believe we’ve already laid that firm foundation. From here we have to build on the partnerships we’ve formed with businesses and secondary educators so that all children graduating from Cuyahoga Falls are on a clear road to success through our college and career ready programs. Dual enrollment, post-secondary options, and our career vo-tech programs are opening the doors for an ever broadening base of students . Fostering the idea that learning is a lifelong journey; that’s the best foundation we can give our children.

We’ve made great strides toward updating our methods and ideologies. Now we need to focus on the needs of the 21st century child, entering a 21st century workforce. Providing early opportunities for advancement will continue to be our focus and I’m confident we are heading in the right direction with the right people.

Jennifer January 20, 2013 at 12:37 AM
That's the most ridiculous fauxpology I've ever read.
Jennifer January 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Rest assured, wmfr, anyone with Google Chrome can preserve it forever as a PDF.
Wanda Minor January 20, 2013 at 05:15 AM
wmfr 11:49 am on Sunday, November 18, 2012 Earl is an ignorant little TROLL on this board and I don't think anyone takes that clown seriously. wmfr 10:25 am on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Thomas you're a complete moron. wmfr 8:40 pm on Sunday, January 13, 2013 Too many idiots on here to even argue sensible points about gun reform. Which is needed. wmfr 2:10 pm on Monday, January 14, 2013 When I mentioned idiots I was referring to Earl. wmfr 6:46 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 ooooooh. yea the redneck bigot was referring to me. I don't know why they even post articles because it is fillled with bitter nasty old me arguing with no valid points. wmfr 11:56 pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 he looks like a beady eye little rat. wmfr 1:58 pm on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 I see you're getting very emotional so I will keep this short, 1st of all you don't know So stop with your whiny insults and crying for more recognition.....and stop taking it so personal if people don't share your same viewpoints by calling people names and insulting them, it's you that exposes yourself as " ignorant and uneducated " when you hurl insults and make excuses and call names wmfr 6:57 pm on Friday, July 6, 2012 Always an assh@le on every board that runs their mouth. Yep, Always an a$$h0le on here...
Earl Elevant January 20, 2013 at 08:35 AM
"Yep, Always an a$$h0le on here..." That's part of the classlessness I'm talking about. This levy will be easy to defeat if this keeps up. I just hope our school board president chimes in some more--I'm looking for a landslide levy fail.
Earl Elevant January 20, 2013 at 08:39 AM
She's trying to be everything to everyone. Politics as usual. Apologize to everyone for the way they feel and not for what was done. I feel kind of sorry for the schools. Not sorry enough to give them more money, but still...

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