August 20, 2014

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Election results: Medina School Board set for post-Stepp

Kiera Manion-Fischer and Loren Genson | The Gazette

Two appointees to the Medina School board retained their seats, and an attorney was elected out of a slate of six candidates.

Incumbents in several other school districts also retained their seats.

Doug Adamczyk

Tom Cahalan

Robert Skidmore

The candidates elected all expressed gratitude that the 5.9-mill levy on Tuesday’s ballot passed.

Incumbents Tom Cahalan and Doug Adamczyk were appointed to board to fill vacancies left by the resignations of members who had approved Superintendent’s Randy Stepp’s controversial contract in January. Robert C. Skidmore took the third seat on the board.

Adamczyk, 41, is a regional manager for mortgage sales for First Priority Financial.

“I’m so happy and thrilled and so thankful for the community to not only pass the levy but also elect me to continue serving them,” he said. “I look forward to working with the new board and continuing to improve and build a stronger school district.”

Cahalan, 50, is a personal trainer at the Medina Community Recreation Center, and is the retired owner of TLC Packaging.

“I’m elated. I’m happy to continue to serve the kids and the community,” Cahalan said. “All six people ran a great campaign. I think that what we’ve done together as a community has passed this levy.”

Skidmore, 43, a Montville Township resident, works as an attorney with Skidmore and Hall Co. and title agency owner of Transfer Title Agency, Inc.

“I’m humbled to be able to serve, and I have a lot of respect for the voters, and I’m humbled that they’ve elected me,” Skidmore said. “I’m so pleased that this levy has passed.”

Candidates Eric L. Carpenter, Angie Kovacs and Ronald Ross were not elected.

Wadsworth Schools

In Wadsworth, the only incumbent on the school board — Chuck Pfeister — was not elected to a second term.

Julie Batey, Mark Casalinova and Amanda Gordon were selected to fill the three open seats, they brought in 23 percent, 21 percent and 23 percent of the vote respectively. Pfeister came in fourth with 14 percent of the vote, followed by Donald Thomas with 13 percent and Jason Arnold with 7 percent of the vote, according to unofficial final results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

Amanda Gordon

Mark Casalinova

Julie Batey

Batey, Casalinova and Gordon were endorsed by Wadsworth teachers and support staff.

Last month, Wadsworth teachers and support staff issued a news release alleging Pfeister verbally abused a secretary after the unions announced they would not endorse him for re-election.

In a Wadsworth police report, secretary Kim Daniels described the encounter with Pfeister as getting “very loud and argumentative with her, which did concern her.” The report said Pfeister showed up at Isham Elementary School to confront Daniels during the work day.

Pfeister denied the allegations and said he only asked how the union couldn’t support someone with his track record.

Pfeister, who owns and operates Chuck’s barbershop, said the endorsement probably had an effect on his election loss.

“Look, we run a lean, clean educational machine and I’m proud of that,” he said. “As long as I’m on (the board), I’ll do my part to keep us on the same track. For the new people coming on, I hope they try to keep us on the same path of excellence.”

Pfeister said the district was “the envy of neighboring schools.”

“I think I did a commendable job while I was on the board,” he said.

Brunswick Schools

In Brunswick, incumbent Lisa Durichko kept her seat on the Brunswick school board and will start her third term in January. Joining her on the board next year are newcomers Grant Relic and Tammy Schebek.

School board President Thomas Neumann and member Bonnie Nelson did not seek re-election. Neumann has served on the board for 20 years and Nelson for 16.

Highland Schools

In Highland, incumbents Robert Kelly and Diane Thomas retained their seats. But incumbent  Dan Petek lost to challenger Christopher Wolny, according to unofficial vote tallies.

Cloverleaf Schools

In Cloverleaf Schools, incumbent board member Jane Rych won re-election, and Jason Myers, a banker, and Michael J. Maloney Jr., president of an educational software company, were elected to the board.

William Schmock, a former mayor of Chippewa Lake, was not elected, receiving 100 fewer votes than Myers.

Board members William Hutson and President Chris Berry did not run for re-election.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com. Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.