April 16, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Candidates react to Medina school board resignation news

At an informal meet-and-greet Wednesday for November candidates, those vying for one of three seats on the Medina school board reacted positively to news of board President Karla Robinson and member Susan Vlcek’s plans to resign by the end of this school year.

Several candidates voiced hope that the resignations would improve the chances of voters passing the 5.9-mill levy on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Doug Adamczyk

Doug Adamczyk, a Medina resident who was appointed to the board to replace former board president Charles Freeman and now is running for a full term, said, “I hope that we can get more people to support the schools now that the decision has been made.”

Tom Cahalan

Tom Cahalan, who also is running for a full term after being appointed to the board to replace Dr. Robert Wilder, thanked Robinson and Vlcek and said he wanted to focus on passing the levy.

“I believe this levy is essential for our kids, for our neighborhoods and for our property values,” he said.

Eric Carpenter

Eric Carpenter, a Medina resident who works for Wolff Brothers, said he was surprised by the resignations.

“It’s probably for the better,” he said, “but I still feel bad for them.”

Angie Kovacs

Angie Kovacs, a Medina resident, running coach and graphic designer, said Vlcek and Robinson “are doing the right thing.”

“It’s what the community wants,” she said.

Now, she said, she hoped voters could focus on improving the district instead of calling for resignations.

“I think this is the best chance we have to pass a levy in a long time,” she said.

Ronald Ross

Ronald Ross, a Medina resident and retired police sergeant, said many residents he spoke to while campaigning were calling for their resignations.

“That’s all I heard,” he said.

He said he wasn’t sure if it would help pass the levy.

“We’ll see in November,” Ross said.

Robert Skidmore

Robert Skidmore, a Medina attorney, said: “I think it’s a noble decision that they’ve made. I think they’ve had much thought that played into it. I think that it proves that they were interested in the well-being of the district.”

The seventh candidate, Lafayette Township Trustee Bryon Macron, said he would be dropping out of the school board race.

Macron said he received an opinion from the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office saying that, if elected, it would be a conflict of interest for him to be a school board member and a township trustee at the same time. Macron said that though he had a desire to run for the school board, he thought he should finish his term as trustee.

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

  • Medina Working Stiff

    Cahalan`s and Adamczyk`s comments are cause for concern.

  • Wake up Medina

    How nice of those egomaniacs to resign, but not till NEXT year? When you resign, you resign NOW. No one needs you around to assist in the transition you big headed fools, because of you both, the Board needs a new, clean slate. Beware of the two hold over members as well. They are already sounding like the dead weight that is I guess leaving. Vlcek still has not acknowledged that she has done nothing wrong. Hey Suzie, wake up, even the kids know what you did to the schools will take years to correct. And Robinson, how nice of you to list what you have done. Have you ever thought that none of this would have been necessary, if you were somewhat competent and not lazy, and would have done your job in e first place. How much taxpayers money have you and Vlcek cost this district. Oh yeah, your actions show how much you are for the kids. AND take Knight with you, but not till after the vote for the levy as Knight needs to get to the poll to vote for the levy….oh yeah, he can’t vote for the levy, nor has he ever voted for any levy in Medina. How nice. Get people in here who live in the community AND care about what goes on in the community AND care about the kids in the community. Not these primadonnas. You three and Grenfeld need to leave NOW!!!!

  • Medina retiree

    Doug Adamczyk and Tom Cahalan have already messed up by voting for Apple lease and floor resurfacing contract. Not exactly a stellar record to get voted for.nnEric Carpenter seems to be a nice guy, but appears to be TOO nice. He should not “feel bad for them”.nn Angie Kovacs sounds a bit naive. And her credentials of working as “running coach and graphic designer” does not ensure, that she can and/or will make good decisions as a BoE member. Training someone to run and managing multimillion budget are not closely related activities.nnRonald Ross on the photo looks similar to the comic-actor Steve Carell. That alone should get him elected! And Ross is a retired police sergeant, which means he has spent years managing testosterone-driven young cops and juggled limited resources with no room for a failure. Elect Ross – he knows how to achieve success!nnRobert Skidmore – typical politically correct attorney. Mr. Skidmore, the only “noble decision” “they” should have made – perform seppuku in the gazebo at the Public Square. But “they” are not noble, they only screw things up “for the children”. nnnnNot a long list. And after the announced resignations , Medina will need some more good volunteers.

  • Concerned

    Absolutely agree! Robinson and Vicek LEAVE NOW!!! You had your chances and every time either of you opens your mouth you make it worse. Robinson, I’m sure the Court and the Attorneys can find you if they have questions. Didn’t know you had a law degree – why else would you be so important to the case. YOUR ARE THE CAUSE, NOT THE SOLUTION !nAs for the new board members and board in general voting on the Rec Center. Have looked into this and bottom line there doesn’t seem to be any way out of that for the Board. Based on contract and shared use agreements when the Center was built the Schools and the City have to share the expenses. Honestly this Board wasn’t even around for those decisions. Maybe something needs to be changed for the future, but it would be ridiculous to simply not use then entire gym at the Rec Center due a bad floor. NOT REALISTIC. The are and always be expenses that no one wants to make, but HAVE to make to keep “business” going.nAnd finally, yes, Susan you need to accept your share of the responsibility for the MESS. Your statements to the paper were ridiculous. Of course, maybe that’s part of the problem. Maybe for the last 10+ years your have really been as clueless as you act and talk. Leave now and let we, the voters, get someone in to replace you.