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Hamilton County, OH November 4, 2003 Election
Board Member; Cincinnati City School District Voter Information

4 Year Term. Salary: $80 per meeting

The board is a policy-making body, but exercises only those powers delegated to it by state law. It chooses its own officers.

Candidates (Vote for 3)
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John J. Gilligan Click here for more information about this candidate 34,199 votes 23.25%

  • Occupation: Lecturer, U.C. College of Law
  • Neighborhood: Clifton
  • Education: St. Xavier High School
  • Education: University of Notre Dame, A.B. `42
  • Education: University of Cincinnati, M.A., `47
  • Full implementation of the plan to convert schools into Neighborhood Learning Centers
  • Improve the public information/engagement program of CPS
  • Secure final approval of the teacher evaluation/compensation contract
Florence Newell Click here for more information about this candidate 30,631 votes 20.82%
  • Occupation: Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Literacy Expert
  • Former Elementary School Teacher
  • Current Teaching Certificate - Grades 1-8
  • Doctorate - Curriculum & Instruction
  • Award from Leading Women, Inc., 2003
  • to improve academic achievement for all students
  • to increase the expectations of everyone involved in educating our students
  • to inform the community of the needs and progress of all schools.
Rick Williams Click here for more information about this candidate 24,983 votes 16.98%
  • Occupation: Community Planner
  • President/CEO of the Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • President of the Board of Education 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Chair of Thriving Children Vision Council for United Way
  • Graduate of Woodward High School 1972
  • Master of Community Planning - University of Cincinnati
  • Raising student achievement by increasing parent involvement in their child's education.
  • Raising student achievement by increasing accountability at decision-making and teaching levels.
  • Ensure implementation of the Facilities Master Plan within budget for tax-payers.
Robert Killins, Jr. Click here for more information about this candidate 18,665 votes 12.69%
  • Occupation: External Relations Manager
  • Board Chair, Cincinnati Empowerment Corp.
  • Leadership Cincinnati - Class XXIII
  • Board Member, Ohio Grantmakers Forum
  • Board Member, LISC Local Advisory Committee
  • Member & Trustee, Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church
  • Volunteer, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • To encourage greater parental involvement with their children's schools
  • To ensure that bond issue monies are spent wisely to build schools
Derry L. Hooks, II Click here for more information about this candidate 15,905 votes 10.81%
  • Occupation: Retired Teacher/Contract Mediator
  • Bachelor of Science, Miami University
  • Master of Education, University of Cincinnati
  • President of Cincinnati Federation of Teachers Retiree Chapter
  • Raise student academic performance
  • Implement facilities planning on time and under budget with community involvement
  • Support renovation and new construction of schools on time and under budget
Alan S. Coleman Click here for more information about this candidate 12,681 votes 8.62%
  • Occupation: retired CPS teacher
  • Vocal Music teacher- West Hi, Dater
  • Winner of Distinguished Teacher Award 1/84
  • Nominee of CPS for Ohio Teacher of Year '84
  • Who's Who American teachers1998
  • Traditional high school in the small concept must remain as an educational option
  • Participatory fines arts activities must be available to ALL students
  • Equity in funding magnet and neighborhood programs
Roy L. McGrath Click here for more information about this candidate 10,030 votes 6.82%
  • Occupation: Office Manager, Accountant (public & private), Behavior Scie
  • Neighborhood: Northside-Clifton-College Hill
  • Grade: Holy Name, High School: Old Woodward, College: Un of Cin & Xavier University
  • : Worked with varity of people/situations, in varity of industries (Svc & Pro). Infantry: in Korea: 4-1952/7-1953; duties/skills as battalion
  • S-1. Duties/skills as clerk, supervisor, branch manager, using quantative and qualitative methods/techniques with computer aided production/service op
  • And evaluating human learning pheonominon, not just teaching, for short term effectiveness and long term efficiencies.
  • Reduce drop out rate 55% so can reduce 25% truancy.
  • Accelerate implimentation of vouchers/charter schools.
  • Up grade school accountability with more consideration to innoviation from unions.

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LWVCA Candidate Forum Cincinnati Council Candidates Forum will be Aired on WCET on October 21,22 and 23 at 7:30 pm as well as on replay on Media Bridges

What: Meet the candidates for City Council and the Board of Education! Hear about the issues on the November ballot! Walnut Hills Area Council and East Walnut Hills Assembly will co-host. When: Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m. Hospitality begins at 6 p.m. Where Victory Neighborhood Services Agency, 2615 Melrose Avenue (corner of Wm. H. Taft and Melrose).

Candidates for the CPS Board of Education Parent and Community Forum on Thursday, October 23, 2003 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Mayerson Academy, 2651 Burnet Ave Sponsored by Chidren's Defense Fund and Cincinnati Parents for Public Schools in cooperation with AFL-CIO, American Jewish Committee, Baptist Ministers Conference, CFT/ACPSOP, LWVCA, MRCC, Urban League of Cincinnati. Call 751-5437 for additional information
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