STOW

Mayor condemns racism

STOW: Stow Mayor Sara Kline issued a statement Monday saying the city would redouble its efforts to spread a message of tolerance and opposition to racism after Beacon Journal news partner News 5 Cleveland reported last week on a couple being harassed by neighbors.

Esayla Williams told the television station that she and her boyfriend found the “N-word” written on their door at the Hidden Lakes apartment complex. It was also reported that neighbors have falsely filed police reports against the couple.

“The City of Stow takes very seriously allegations of racial harassment and intimidation,” Kline said. “Recent events reported in our community do not represent the values of our city or the beliefs of the majority of residents. In the strongest possible terms, I and the Administration reject racism in all its forms. ...

“We will redouble our efforts to ensure that our values of tolerance are spread throughout the community so all residents, visitors and businesses know that the City of Stow is place where everyone is welcome.”

Future taxes put to vote

STOW: Stow voters will decide in May whether future income tax increases should be decided by the electorate or City Hall.

Council voted 6-0 last Thursday on what it calls the “Stow Taxpayer Bill of Rights,” which would amend the city charter and prevent the raising of the city’s income tax unless it is approved by at least five council members as well as by a majority of voters in a November election.

The measure also would constrain the city’s ability to reduce the existing tax credit. Currently, Stow has a 100 percent credit to residents paying income taxes in the city where they work, but the current charter would allow council to reduce the credit without voter approval.

The charter amendment will appear on the May 8 ballot.

AKRon

School board vacancy

AKRON: The Akron school board is accepting applications to replace John Otterman, a school board member who resigned last week in the wake of a suspected drug overdose.

People interested must submit a letter of interest, resume and a questionnaire no later than 5 p.m. Thursday.

The questionnaire is on the district’s website at https://tinyurl.com/akronschoolboardvacancy.

The resume, letter and completed questionnaire can be emailed to mclackle@apslearns.org, or dropped off in a sealed envelope to 70 N. Broadway St. to the attention of Marilyn Clackler, the board secretary.

Board President Patrick Bravo said interviews will tentatively take place on Feb. 10 at board offices. The board will vote on the appointment Feb. 12.

The board has a month from Otterman’s resignation date, which was Jan. 23, to fill the vacancy.

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

School names new leader

CLEVELAND: CSU announced Monday that Harlan M. Sands, vice dean and CFO of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a longtime academic administrator and public servant, has been selected as the school’s seventh president.

He will begin at CSU July 1.

“CSU’s continued upward trajectory demands a leader with significant administrative skills, a deep respect for and experience with academia and a proven track record of accomplishment within higher education,” said Bernie Moreno, chair of the CSU board of trustees and chair of the search committee, in a release.

Before entering academia, Sands served 11 years in the U.S. Navy and four years as an assistant public defender in Miami.

He received his bachelor of science in economics from the Wharton School of Business in 1984. He also holds an MBA with a major in finance from George Washington University and a J.D. from George Mason University.

Ronald Berkman, president of CSU since 2009, announced last year that he would retire this June.