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School board re-elects leaders to second term

By John Published: January 11, 2011

The Akron Board of Education decided Monday to retain its current leadership for a second year.

The Rev. Curtis T. Walker Sr. was elected to a second one-year term as president. Jason Haas will serve again as vice president.

''It is my opinion that we have been served extraordinarily well by Rev. Walker as president,'' Haas said when he nominated Walker for a second term.

Linda Omobien, a board member for 16 years before she was elected in 2009 to a citywide seat on Akron City Council, administered the oaths of office for Walker and Haas.

''In 16 years, I don't know if we've ever had anybody when I was serving to serve as president back to back,'' Omobien said of Walker. ''So this is quite an honor and a recognition of your leadership.''

Last year, Walker led a board with three new members. This year, it's the state government that has changed with a Republican sweep of every statewide office, including governor, in the November election.

School districts throughout Ohio are bracing for cuts as Gov. John Kasich and the Republican-controlled legislature tackle an $8 billion budget deficit.

''In the past year, nothing has proved quite as challenging as meeting goals and moving forward against the current financial and political pressures,'' Walker said. ''As you know, the downturn in our national economy hit Ohio particularly hard and as a result, the state legislature is seeking ways to drastically reduce spending.''

John Higgins



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