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Five Candidates Run for Kenston Board of Education
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Two challengers will face three incumbent Kenston Schools Board of Education members in Tuesday's election. Neither have held public office before.Wanda Richardson, a 43-year resident…

Two challengers will face three incumbent Kenston Schools Board of Education members in Tuesday’s election.

Neither have held public office before.

Wanda Richardson, a 43-year resident of Bainbridge Township and previous Auburn Township resident, is an administrative assistant with a degree in real estate from Cleveland State University.

She has worked at Kenston Schools for more than 40 years and has a background in real estate sales.

Her daughters attended Kenston and her grandson is currently a student in the district.

Richardson said she considers school funding her top priority, would look at non-academic and athletic areas to cut expenses, and would work to inform the community and listen to their concerns.

She believes the district hires many friends and relatives of administration members and she would work to establish a new policy banning nepotism in hiring.

Richardson said she also would raise academic standards by concentrating on class size and time spent in major academic areas.

Beth Ward is a high school mathematics teacher at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Edinboro University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ward has lived in the district for more than 20 years and has taught in the Kenston district. She has three children who are students or graduates of Kenston Schools.

Ward hopes to give the administration her perspective as a teacher and parent, and would cut academic programs or raise taxes only as a last resort.

She would educate the community about Common Core standards and wants to involve more students and community members in school board decisions.

Incumbent Beth Krause is a director of Pharmacy at Lake Health and has a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, a master’s degree and a doctorate in Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University.

Krause has served on the Kenston school board since 2009 and has lived in the district for 19 years.

She has three children in Kenston Schools.

Krause serves as a link between the school and the community and believes the most critical issue facing school districts is the erosion of public education in Ohio in favor of private and charter schools.

She said she hopes to keep Kenston moving in a positive direction despite these factors and to communicate with state and local legislators to make them aware of the impact their decisions have on public education.

Incumbents Tom Fussner and Bill Timmons did not respond to the Geauga County Maple Leaf’s questionnaire.

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