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Hamilton County, OH November 4, 2003 Election
Board Member; Sycamore Community School District Voter Information

4 Year Term.

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 2)
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Vicki E. Hirsch Click here for more information about this candidate 2,462 votes 20.27%

  • Occupation: Veteran Sycamore Teacher, retired
  • Neighborhood: Montgomery
  • Education: Doctorate in Education: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Extensive contributions to Sycamore's academic foundations.
  • Thirty years of classroom teaching experience with children identified in all learning modes; the past four years teacher of the gifted.
  • Recipient: Who's Who Among America's Educators
  • City of Montgomery Board Member of Zoning Appeals
  • Be a needed catalyst for board collaboration with superintendent, staff and public
  • Develop long range plans for copying with slow but steady enrollment decline
  • Recognize fact that 60% of population have no children in Sycamore Schools
Ken Richter Click here for more information about this candidate 2,328 votes 19.17%
  • Occupation: Retired - Avon Products 30 Years. President Avon Germany
  • Neighborhood: Symmes Township- Steeplechase Development
  • Education: BS Economics University of Cincinnati
  • My career with Avon Products allowed be to advance from a Buyer in 1966 to a Senior Officer while working around the world
  • During this multifaceted career I served on many boards and committees.
  • Building and Enhancing Board Relationships Internal and External
  • Guarantee That All Students have the Best Educational Opportunities
  • Ensure Sycamore Schools are on the Cutting Edge of Education System
Charles William "Charlie" Wilfong Click here for more information about this candidate 2,116 votes 17.42%
  • Occupation: Private club manager
  • BS degree, Cornell University
  • current member Sycamore Sch. Bd of Education
  • school board rep. to Sycamore Planning Comm.
  • school board rep to District Audit Committee
  • Gen'l Mgr. Metropolitan Club, Covington,KY
  • Jr. High PTO and SHAPE member
  • to provide leadership with integrity
  • to represent all constituents
  • to encourage school district administrators to challenge status quo
Mary Jane Kenyon Click here for more information about this candidate 1,693 votes 13.94%
  • Occupation: retired
  • Sycamore Board Business Office - auditor trained - 20 years
  • fiscal responsibility
  • communication
  • accountability
Pat Raffel Click here for more information about this candidate 1,503 votes 12.37%
  • Occupation: President , Raffel's Catering Inc.
  • Current President Sycamore Schools Board of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts University of Cincinnati
  • 9 year member of Sycamore Schools Planning Commisson (2 as Chairman)
  • 20 years coaching service to area Youth Sports for Boys and Girls
  • 3 year Board Member for People's Savings and Loan( now Provident Bank)
  • Current Member of Evendale's Reading Road Business Revitalization Committee
  • Maintain a high quality educational program in the most cost effective manner possible.
  • Develop a Wellness program for our student's current and future life style.
  • Foster communication between Parents, Teachers, Administrators and the Community.
Neal D. Jacobs Click here for more information about this candidate 1,253 votes 10.32%
  • Occupation: Attorney, Office of Neal D. Jacobs, Mason, OH
  • Parent of 2 elementary school aged children attending Sycamore schools
  • Teacher for 2 years prior to moving to Cincinnati; addressed the critical teacher shortage in Los Angeles
  • Member of Sycamore's Strategic Planning Committee
  • Practicing attorney for 20 years, admitted to Ohio, New York and California Bars
  • Current member of Religious School Committee at Congregation Ohav Shalom
  • Former corporate counsel to Ralphs Division of Federated Dept. Stores, and International Long Distance Telephone Co., Inc.
  • Support Superintendent Mantia's leadership efforts in all areas including curriculum development
  • Provide disciplined oversight of the budget to assure funds are effectively utilized.
  • Reaffirm consensus between the Board, teachers, administration and greater Sycamore community
Marcallene (Wilmoth) Shockey Click here for more information about this candidate 792 votes 6.52%
  • Occupation: Retired School Teacher
  • Masters in Education plus 50 hours
  • To serve Sycamore Schools in a new capacity
  • To help maintain the excellent rating
  • To be a laison between staff, parents, community and Board

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