July 23, 2016

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More seek vacant board position left in Freeman’s resignation

MEDINA — The Medina school board will have its choice of 18 candidates for the vacancy created by board President Charles Freeman’s resignation.

Seven more people have applied for the post, in addition to 11 who were interviewed for the seat left open by the resignation of Dr. Robert Wilder in February.

Thomas Cahalan was appointed by the board on March 23 to replace Wilder.

Freeman resigned from the board March 26 following a public outcry over a new contract for Superintendent Randy Stepp, which included an $83,000 signing bonus, as well as questions concerning spending district money from a carryover fund held by the Medina County Schools’ Educational Services Center.

Stepp was placed on administrative leave Monday by board President Karla Robinson, and the board will ratify this decision at today’s 5 p.m. meeting at the Medina High School media center.

The board plans to interview candidates for Freeman’s seat in a closed executive session following the meeting. It will recess and then reconvene 6 p.m. Wednesday at the high school media center and name a new member.

Robinson said in an email that all of the previous candidates, except James Patneau Jr., were interested in being considered for Freeman’s old position.

The seven new applicants are:

• Kristopher Aupperle, an eight-year resident of the school district. Aupperle holds a bachelor’s in business production operations management from The Ohio State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. He works as an attorney for McArtor, Aupperle and Co. in Medina.

• Terry Bernath, a 20-year resident of the school district. Bernath is a graduate of the Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Academy, and holds an associate’s in law enforcement from Cuyahoga Community College. Bernath is a retired law enforcement officer.

• Carrie Buo, a 10-year resident of the district. Buo holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Walsh University. She works as a stay-at-home mom and has experience running her own business.

• Deana Couture, a six-year resident of the district. Couture has a master’s of science from A.T. Still University and is working on a doctorate with a focus on global health care. She works as a physician’s assistant at the Centers for Family and Children.

• Robert Nunn, a 13-year resident of the district. Nunn has a bachelor’s degree in business from Wayne State University and is a retired accountant from Bendix Heavy Vehicles Systems.

• Keith Rasey, a 17-year resident of the district. Rasey has bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Kent State University, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School. He serves as a consultant in health care and human relations for People First Consulting.

• Margaret Tampson, a 12-year resident of the district. Tampson holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Valparaiso University, a master’s in communications from Ohio State University, a master of arts in pastoral ministry from Marygrove College and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State in health education with a focus on human resources. She works as a human resource consultant for Future Sculpting and teaches communications at Cuyahoga County Community College.

Earlier applicants:

• Douglas Adamczyk, a five-year resident of the school district. Adamczyk holds a bachelor’s in management and works as regional director of sales for First Priority Financial Inc.

• Donald Barnes, a 29-year resident of the school district. Barnes holds a two-year business degree from Ohio State and serves as a building monitor for the city of Medina.

• Sandra Dombrowski, a 12-year resident of the school district. Dombrowski holds a bachelor’s in business administration and English literature from Baldwin-Wallace University. Dombrowski served as senior vice president and manager in the asset management asset management and investment services internal audit division at KeyCorp before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

• Doug Eastwood, a 49-year resident of the school district. Eastwood is a 1981 graduate of Medina High School. He owns and operates his own company, Medina Excavating Inc.

• Jason Goodman, a 14-year resident of the school district. Goodman graduated from Euclid High School in 1990 and serves as president and CEO of Absolute 0 Internet Studios.

• Dr. Kelly Parker, a 20-year resident of the school district. Parker has a degree in veterinary medicine from Ohio State and is the owner of Medina Veterinary Clinic.

• Ronald Ross, a 27-year resident of the district. Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and is a retired Medina police sergeant.

• Matthew Rubino, a three-year resident of the district. Rubino holds a bachelor’s in business finance and a master’s in public administration from the University of Akron. He works as the director in the Office of Budget and Management for Cuyahoga County.

• Christopher Shuster Sr., a 12-year resident of the district. Shuster holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration and works as an office manager for Trailer One Inc.

• Robert Skidmore, a lifelong resident of the school district. Skidmore holds a juris doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. He works as an attorney at a transfer title agency.

• Eve Whitmore, an 11-year resident of the district. Whitmore holds a doctorate from Ohio State and works as a clinical psychologist. She is employed by M&E Whitmore Consulting, Cornerstone Psychological Services and Western Reserve Psychological Services.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.