Twinsburg -- Leadership of the Board of Education changed hands at the Jan. 9 organizational meeting, as Kate Cain-Criswell and Paul Crosby were voted Board of Education president and vice president, respectively.
Cain-Criswell, who has been on the Board since 2004, takes over as president from Ron Stuver, who served as Board president during the 2011 and 2012 calendar years.
Cain-Criswell said the district will face a variety of pressing priorities in the coming year, including installing a wireless network in the district, reexamining safety standards and striving to maintain strong academic standards. Reexamination of curriculum to fit state education standards will also be a big concern.
"We are going to need to adopt the common core standards for math and language arts that the state of Ohio has signed on," she said. "The evaluation and analysis of our curriculum and aligning it with common core standards is a huge initiative."
Crosby said he thinks the most pressing issues facing the district in the coming school years include reforms to teacher evaluation and testing standardization, as well as the 6.9-mill levy renewal currently being considered for the May primary.
"I think right now, there's a lot going on in the classrooms," Crosby said. "There's a lot of new reforms, for example the new standards coming into effect with the 13-14 school year. We have a new teaching evaluation system that is, if I have my facts right, to go online next year. So, [we're] getting our teachers acclimated to that new evaluation process. Those types of things are really the most pressing."
Crosby hopes that passing the levy renewal will allow the district to prioritize academic concerns over financial ones.
"All last year, [finance] was really the forefront of what we did and talked about," Crosby said. "Obviously, finances are going to continue to be monitored and strategies will still be in place. So hopefully, this renewal will pass and we can focus our attentions on those other things."
Cain-Criswell and Board member Ron Stuver make $100 per meeting. Crosby and Board members David Andrews and Stephen Shebeck make $125 per meeting.