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Hamilton County, OH November 3, 2009 Election
Board Member; Cincinnati City School District Voter Information

4 Year Term. Salary: $125 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 4)
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Melanie Bates Click here for more information about this candidate 32,849 votes 14.76%

  • Occupation: Hospital Development Liaison, LifeCenter Organ Donor Network
  • Neighborhood: North Avondale
  • Education: Master of Public Administration, Northern Kentucky University, 2005
  • Bachelor of Science, Communication Arts, Xavier University, 1975
  • Increase academic achievement for every student + no excuses.
  • Insure that our schools are safe and shielded from street crime.
  • Insist upon fiscal accountability and insure good stewardship of taxpayers' dollars.
Catherine D. "Cathy" (Asbury) Ingram Click here for more information about this candidate 27,953 votes 12.56%
  • Occupation: Lecturer
  • Neighborhood: Mt. Auburn
  • Education: B.S. in Marketing, MBA, U.C. College of Business
  • The 2005 President of the Ohio School Boards Assn. chairing the exec. committee, the Board of Trustees, and many other committees.
  • Fulltime Lecturer at Northern Kentucky University
  • have since served as Board President and VP, currently chair the Finance committee as well as serving on other committees.
  • Continuing academic achievement for all students while closing all gaps.
  • Creating educational environments that benefit students, teachers and other staff.
  • Monitor and manage financial opportunities that benefit the entire district.
Eileen Cooper Reed Click here for more information about this candidate 25,220 votes 11.33%
  • Occupation: Retired Attorney
  • Neighborhood:. North Avondale
  • Current Board Member and President, Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Former Director of the Children's Defense Fund, Ohio and Cincinnati
  • Member, ODE Achievement Gap Task Force
  • Member, ODE Early Childhood Task Force
  • Member, CPS Redesign Team
  • Increasing Achievement for All Students
  • Strengthening Teacher Quality
  • Ensuring Fiscal Accountability
Vanessa White Click here for more information about this candidate 23,693 votes 10.65%
  • Occupation: Director of Community Engagement, Fine Arts Fund
  • Bachelors of Science, University of Cincinnati
  • MBA, Xavier University
  • Immediate Past President, Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati
  • Vice President, National Parents for Public Schools
  • Board Member, Lighthouse Youth Services
  • Expand parental participation, so that parents are actively engaged at every level, from classrooms to district-wide leadership.
  • Wisely manage the public's investment, by making sure financial resources and community involvement produce dramatically increased student achievement
  • Increase classroom innovation, by implementing new approaches that lead to high quality learning environments.
Lisa Schare Click here for more information about this candidate 18,307 votes 8.23%
  • Occupation: Teacher
  • MA, Art Ed, University of Cincinnati
  • MFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • BFA, University of Cincinnati
  • Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship
  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant
  • Chair, Catholic Democrats of Ohio
  • Close achievement gap through initiating early intervention by expanding pre-school enrollment.
  • Expand partnerships with arts institutions to provide effective arts enrichment experiences in elementary schools that do not have an art or music spe
  • Engage parents and guardians more effectively by initiating creative adult programming at our Community Learning Centers.
Joyce E. Hooks Click here for more information about this candidate 17,630 votes 7.92%
  • Occupation: Retired Teacher, Professional Mediator
  • Associate of Science, University of Cincinnati
  • Bechelor of Liberal Arts, Xavier University
  • Certified Mediator-General & Divorce,Permanency, Truancy, Visitation
  • and Custody.
  • Safe and Orderly Schools
  • Accelerated Academic Achievement
  • Responsible Budget Decisions
Christopher Ray "Chris" McDowell Click here for more information about this candidate 16,723 votes 7.51%
  • Occupation: Lawyer
  • Education: Marshall University, BA in History and Political Science
  • Education: West Virginia University, Juris Doctorate
  • Employment: Partner - Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 2000 - Present
  • U.S. Army: Commissioned Officer / Active Duty 1994 - 2000: stationed in Korea, Germany, Bosnia, and Kansas. Enlisted, U.S. Army 1987 - 1991
  • Volunteer - Rothenburg Preparatory Academy
  • Married to Annah Castellini McDowell with 3 children
  • Raise the level of education received by all students within CPS
  • Fiscal Accountability - We must get spending under control
  • Open Government - the closed door meetings of the past must stop. The people have a right to know what is going on and how their money is being spent
Ceair J. Baggett Click here for more information about this candidate 15,055 votes 6.76%
  • Occupation: Operational Management in Telecommunications
  • Xavier University (Class of 2009) Bachelor of Arts
  • Graduate of Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School
  • Currently pursuing Master's in Education at Xavier University
  • Diamond Oaks Leadership team - Vice President for the student leadership team
  • Improve student achievement by creating innovative programs utilizing technological advances.
  • Holding our CPS school administration accountable for the district's financial stability and increasing our levels of achievement.
  • Addressing our district's discipline problem by implementing an unbiased district-wide discipline plan.
Mary Welsh Schlueter Click here for more information about this candidate 13,776 votes 6.19%
  • Occupation: Small Business Owner - Marketing Executive/Principal
  • Cincinnati Public Schools Parent - 4 kids
  • University Business School Educator
  • Publicly Elected Trustee (Illinois)
  • Author - Business Education, Strategy, Innovation Texts
  • US Fulbright Scholar and International Educational Policy Advocate
  • Alumna, Educator, Student of Harvard Business School, Victoria University, Allegheny College and University of Cincinnati
  • Accelerate academic achievement throughout all CPS schools.
  • Encourage collaborative partnerships among stakeholders supporting student achievement.
  • Introduce innovative solutions to help bridge achievements gaps and propel educational excellence.
John Banner Click here for more information about this candidate 12,271 votes 5.51%
  • Occupation: Lawyer
  • Hearing Officer, City of Cincinnati
  • Juris Doctor, Georgetown University
  • B.S. Finance, University of Illinois
  • President, Lawyers' Club of Cincinnati
  • President, Roebling Suspension Bridge Committee
  • Board Member, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
  • Fiscal responsibility as custodian of taxpayer funds
  • Parental involvement in student education
  • Accountability of teachers and administrators
Jason A. Haap Click here for more information about this candidate 11,139 votes 5.01%
  • Occupation: Teacher
  • BA in English from Xavier University
  • MA in English from Middlebury College
  • English Teacher, Purcell Marian High School, 1997-2005
  • English Teacher, Harmony Community School, 2005-2007
  • English Teacher, Princeton High School, 2007-present
  • Proportional Cuts - Don't let high paid central office administrators cut services to kids without also cutting their own budgets.
  • Holding Principals Accountable - Meet regularly with building principals in a collaborative effort to improve performance.
  • Putting Children First - We must adopt policies that remember to put the benefit of our students first.
Curtis A. Wells Click here for more information about this candidate 7,933 votes 3.56%
  • Occupation: Substitute Teacher
  • M.S. in Counselor Education
  • B.A. in English (Communications)
  • O.D.E.: Long Term Substitute License
  • O.C.S.W. Board: Counselor Exam, Passed
  • Public and Parochial Teaching Experience
  • Adolescent Treatment Services Experience
  • Property Tax Relief
  • Dropout Recovery
  • 598 Schoolwide Building Program Fund Accountability

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