Gina Mace

CUYAHOGA FALLS: A retired educator took the oath of office Friday as the newest Cuyahoga Falls School District board member.


Karen Schofield rose above a dozen other applicants to win the seat Curt Grimes vacated in May. She can serve the remainder of his term, then would have to win election in fall 2013 to retain the seat.


Schofield’s 21-year career with Stow-Munroe Falls Schools included stints as a teacher, principal and curriculum specialist.


Before retiring four years ago, she spent 14 years with Kent schools as the director of elementary and middle school studies.


Her volunteer work includes acting as a guardian ad litem in Summit County Juvenile Court and sitting on the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) board.


She is on the Falls Schools PT 21 committee, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and is on the board of the Riverfront Y.


Board of Education President David Rump said he has served on committees with Schofield.


“My goal was to get someone who could work with the four of us and bring us together as a board,” Rump said. “I’m confident that she can.”


Schofield said she is happy to be part of the school board during such an exciting time for schools, but hasn’t committed to running for the seat next year.


“I’m anxious to get my feet wet,” she said. “I can’t wait to get going.”


Gina Mace can be emailed at ginamace2@gmail.com.