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School Board leaders look to 2017

By APRIL HELMS Reporter Published: January 11, 2017 12:00 AM
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TWINSBURG -- Mark Curtis will take the reins as president of the Twinsburg Board of Education for 2017, and Matt Cellura was appointed vice president at the Board's organizational meeting Jan. 4.

Curtis, who had served as vice president of the Board last year, said that the district's "priorities remain the same."

"Our goals are student growth and the development of the whole child," said Curtis, who first took office in Jan. 1, 2016. "I look forward to serving."

Curtis said that fiscal responsibility also will remain important.

"Financially, we have experienced many serious challenges," he said. "Especially with the loss of the CAT tax. We made staff and budget cuts, and added participation fees."

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In addition to his role on the Board, Curtis also is one of the district's representatives on the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Board of Education, serving as that Board's president as well.

Cellura, who also took office in 2016, said that he aims to "continue the success of the district and leading us through the tough times we've got ahead financially."

Cellura also took office Jan. 1, 2016.

Longtime CVCC board member retires

The Twinsburg Board of Education on Jan. 4 also acknowledged the 13 years of service from Twinsburg resident Steve Shebeck, as a member of the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center's Board of Education. Shebeck, a longtime firefighter and former Twinsburg Board of Education member, recently retired from the CVCC Board.

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"He has not only gained the respect of his board colleagues, but also that of the CVCC's administration, students and staff," said CVCC superintendent Dr. Celena Roebuck in a Jan. 4 letter to Twinsburg School District superintendent Kathryn Powers. "Through his years on the Board of Education, Steve volunteered as an advisory committee member to the High School Public Health and Safety program and Electrical and Alternative Energy Systems program. His expertise also played a significant role in our Adult Emergency Medical Technician, CPR and Technical Rescue programs, and most recently the acquisition of Fire Figher Level 1 and Fire fighter level 2 credential training.

"Quality career and technical programs, caring and committed employees and partners, student alumnus committed to their profession who are leaders in their industry are the greatest gifts of all thanks to the work of Steve Shebeck."

Shebeck has served in several capacities on the CVCC Board, including president from 2010 to 2014. In addition to his Board duties, Shebeck is an assistant fire chief with the city of Solon.

School calendar for 2017-18

The Twinsburg Board of Education also unanimously approved the school calendar for the 2017-18 school year.

School will run from Aug. 16, 2017, to May 24, 2018.

For more dates and information visit www.twinsburg.k12.oh.us.


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