Local politicians, district parents and several lawyers are among the 28 people who want to be on the Columbus Board of Education. Those who want to serve the remainder of Carol Perkins' term had to apply by last Friday.
Local politicians, district parents and several lawyers are among the 28 people who want to be on the Columbus Board of Education.
Those who want to serve the remainder of Carol Perkinsí term had to apply by last Friday. Perkins stepped down that day after nearly seven years on the board, five of them as president.
The list of 28 will be narrowed to four today during a private school-board meeting. The four finalists will be announced after the meeting or, at the latest, on Wednesday morning, said Jason C. Smith, the districtís board liaison.
The board will appoint the new member, whose term will expire on Dec. 31, 2015.
Two well-known politicians want to take over Perkinsí seat: Marian Harris, a former state representative, and Mary Jo Hudson, a former Columbus city councilwoman.
At least five are lawyers or seeking law degrees. In addition to Hudson, they are Jennifer Adair, a deputy general counsel in the Ohio attorney generalís office; Jo Ellen Cline, who works as a government liaison for the Ohio Supreme Court; Gustav Dahlberg, a lawyer at Babbitt & Weis; and Priya Sonty, an Ohio State University law student.
Five applicants are former Columbus educators: Robert Albano, who taught law enforcement at Columbus Downtown High School; Ric Grubaugh, who taught for 28 years; Bernadine Kennedy Kent, a former principal; and Mark McGuire and Lynne Prillerman, both of whom taught art.
Lolita Augenstein, president of the Columbus Council of PTAs, applied. So did Tammy Baker, a parent consultant for the district; Nancy DeRoberts-Moore, a human-services consultant; Aaron Martin, a communications specialist; and Melody Reed, an administrative assistant. Those applicants, along with Dahlberg, told the board that they have kids in the district.
Many others have ties to the district or education. Applicant Jeffrey Brown used to be video production coordinator for the district. Heath Hughes, president and CEO of Senior Home Choice, is a former tutor. Brian Kindinger, a transportation engineer, is a longtime chess coach in a Columbus school; Marquise Lovejoy, a page in the Ohio House of Representatives, graduated from Beechcroft High School. Peggy Sorensen works for the Ohio Department of Education. Karen Tussey is a parent consultant in Columbus schools; Lyndsie Whitehead is a doctoral student who has taught; and Amy Williams is a youth tutor for Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services.
Whitehead appears to live outside the Columbus school district. Members have to live in the district.
Other applicants are the Rev. Johannes Christian, pastor emeritus of Adoration and Peace Missionary Baptist Church; Juliette Browder Eichorn, who works for Harvest Management Group and is a former Pataskala city councilwoman; Shanican Pender, community organizer for North End Community Improvement Collaborative Inc.; and Katherine M. Stewart, founder and CEO of Grassroots Strategies.