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2015 Olentangy school board candidates

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Olentangy voters will elect three individuals to the Board of Education. There are six candidates running for those three seats on the Olentangy School Board on Nov. 3. Here is a brief summary of the candidates based on information they provided to ONE Olentangy. (Responses were edited in some cases in an attempt to provide equal space to all candidates.) Candidates are profiled alphabetically.  
 
Roger Bartz currently serves on the Olentangy Board of Education, having been appointed to the Board in July of 2014. Mr. Bartz states that he is running for his first full term as an Olentangy school board member because he takes very seriously his representation of our community. His goal is to make sure we continue to provide the best in academics for all our students while weighing the expectations of the taxpayers. He believes managing our buildings will be key for the long term success of the district, and smart fiscal responsibility will continue to be important in our budgeting and planning efforts. Mr. Bartz currently serves as a Board of Education liaison on the Facilities Committee and the School Advocacy Committee. He also sits on the Olentangy Athletic Council and is the alternative district delegate to the Ohio School Boards Association. He continues to be an active member of the Olentangy Orange Athletic Boosters and actively supports POP Arts at Orange High School. Roger works as a Market Director, managing client environmental, health and safety portfolios for TRC Environmental Corporation. He has been married to his wife Sherry for 30 years, and they have two boys, one of whom graduated from Orange High School in 2010 and the other is currently a junior at Orange High School. 
 
Andrew Forgrave has lived in the district for more than 30 years. He graduated from Olentangy, and his children attend Olentangy. Mr. Forgrave states that he is running for school board because the education the Olentangy School District provided to him has allowed him many opportunities. He now wants to give back and serve the community that has given so much to him. Andrew has four children. His oldest child is in middle school. The next two children are in elementary school while his youngest will be old enough for preschool next year. Mr. Forgrave works for Jacob, Haxton, and Boord, LLC, a pension consulting firm where he is the chief actuary. Andrew currently serves as a member of the Attendance Boundary Committee. He is the men's leader in his local church congregation, and he is also involved with Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts with his sons. 
 
Martin Johnson is running for the school board for the second time having narrowly missed being elected in 2011. He has been involved in a volunteer capacity with the district over the last several years including serving as chairperson for the Olentangy Project 2020 initiative and being an active member on the district’s Cost Savings and Efficiency and School Advocacy committees as well as the Business Advisory Council. Mr. Johnson states that his leadership and involvement in these organizations have aided in the adoption of new and innovative programs and partnerships as well as bringing millions of dollars in annual cost savings to the district. Mr. Johnson is involved in community outreach efforts supporting multiple committees with the Delaware County Foundation and is an active member and former Deacon at Liberty Presbyterian Church. He is also an elected member of the Delaware County Republican Central Committee. Professionally, Martin is a Senior Services Manager with Siemens, a global leader in process and technology innovations and is responsible for both strategic planning and oversight of productivity improvement initiatives with global companies in the automotive and aerospace industries. Martin lives in Berlin Township with his wife and two children, both of whom attend Olentangy Schools.
 
Ken O’Brien states that he is running for school board because Olentangy must continue being great not only for our children, but for all the children that come in the future. He believes his history, education, experience, and ability make him the best candidate to serve on the board. Mr. O’Brien states that he graduated from Olentangy in 1978. He taught students with special needs for public schools for 19 years. Ken adds that he is also interested in serving as a school board member because he has the management experience that will make him a successful member. This experience includes twice being elected Delaware County Commissioner, vice-president of the Central Oho Youth Center board, served on the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency and Management board for seven years, a member of the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission, a member of the Delaware Knox Marion and Morrow County Solid Waste Board, and served on Family and Children’s First Council. He says the most important reason he wishes to serve on the school board is he knows Olentangy has support from a great and committed public, volunteers, teachers, support staff and administrators. He is married to his wife Lisa and has three children who have always attended Olentangy. He is active in Olentangy Music Boosters, and is about to be very active with his daughter’s show choir.
 
Kevin O’Brien currently serves as an Olentangy school board member and has been president of the school board for the past two years. He was appointed to the board in 2010 and subsequently elected to his first full term in 2011. Mr. O’Brien states that he wants to continue on the school board because he cares deeply about the Olentangy School District and wants to do his part to contribute to the continued success of the district. He believes the residents want and deserve a high performing school system that is fiscally responsible and transparent. Mr. O’Brien believes he has demonstrated a leadership style and approach that will enable him to continue to work well with his colleagues on the board, the administration, and with members of the community. As such, he wants to earn the right to continue to work hard for Olentangy. While on the school board, Kevin has served as a board liaison on various board committees and chaired the Health Insurance Task Force in 2011. He is currently the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of the Retirement Plans division of Nationwide, where he has worked since 1998. Kevin has been a resident of the district for more than 17 years, and is a proud parent of four daughters all of whom currently attend Olentangy Schools.
 
Mindy Patrick states that she is running for school board because she wants to ensure that our district achieves higher levels of achievement for all students, even stronger fiscal stewardship, and continued facilities planning that keeps pace with growth. Ms. Patrick believes that Olentangy has done some excellent things but that the best days are still ahead for us and wants to be a larger part of making that happen. Ms. Patrick has attended nearly every board meeting over the past 18 months, which has given her insight into the work of the district and the board. She cares deeply about educational issues and especially literacy for all students. To that end, she states that she has met with and actively lobbied at local and state levels on behalf of legislation regarding the third grade reading guarantee and literacy standards and services. Mindy is an active member of the district’s Cost Efficiency Committee and a founding member of the Olentangy Dyslexia Network. She has also served as the treasurer for several local nonprofit organizations including the Ohio Synchro Swim Club and the Olentangy Dyslexia Network. Mindy works in accounting for CAMS, Inc. in Powell. She is married to her husband Mike, and they have two children, Mason who is in 6th grade at Liberty Middle School and Mallory who is in 10th grade at Liberty High School. 
 
If you would like to register to vote, you must do so by 9 p.m. Monday, October 5, 2015. You can find the voter registration form here. If you would like an absentee ballot application, click here. Or you can vote in person prior to election day at Delaware County Board of Elections, 2079 US23 North, Delaware, OH. Dates and times can be found here. Note that the Vote Center at 149 E Orange Rd is closed. Only the city of Delaware location listed above will be available for early voting. 
 

 

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