The Grandview Heights Board of Education Wednesday selected John Kessler to fill the vacancy on the school board.

The Grandview Heights Board of Education Wednesday selected John Kessler to fill the vacancy on the school board.

Kessler serves as an assistant division chief for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He and his wife are PTO members and have lived in Grandview for 11 years. They have two sons; one is in first grade and the other will enter kindergarten in the fall.

Board members were impressed with Kessler's experience in handing personnel and budgets and addressing public policy in his current post with ODNR and previous positions with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said Kathy Lithgow, board president.

Having two children who are or soon will be enrolled in school, Kessler will bring a parent's perspective to the board, Lithgow said.

"That was one of the deciding factors," she said.

Debbie Brannan, Kate Clifford and Thomas Hayes also applied for the seat, left vacant when board president Suzanne McLeod resigned because she is moving out of the district.

Kessler will serve out the remaining 11 months of McLeod's term, which ends on Dec. 31. He would have to run for election in November to continue serving on the board.

Kessler will be sworn in at the start of the board's work session on Saturday. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the board conference room.