London City Schools must fill another board vacancy

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(Posted Aug. 3, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

For the second time this summer, the London City Schools Board of Education must fill a vacancy on the board.

Ashli Carter submitted her resignation effective July 27. She had served seven months of a four-year term. She was elected in November 2021.

In June, the board interviewed nine candidates before appointing Lisa Reay to the seat vacated by board member Jonathan Stahl who moved out of the district. Currently, the board is evaluating those candidates again to fill Carter’s seat.

“It is expected that one of those individuals will be appointed to the board,” said Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer.

The board plans to make the appointment at their regular meeting on Aug. 9. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the College and Career Readiness Center at London High School.

Carter’s resignation came on the same day that Kramer issued a message to the public via the school district’s website. The message read, in part: “Our district is aware of a derogatory social media post made from the account of one of our school board members in response to a member of our community.” He noted that the district leadership was looking into the circumstances surrounding the post and had reached out to the individuals involved.

In her letter of resignation, Carter stated, “I have decided staying on the board is not in the best interest for anyone. I understand the optics and don’t want that as a distraction for the school.”

She continued, “I do however have to say that this process has been very eye opening, and I see why most people in leadership roles cave to the loudest and most manipulative crowds. I understand the way this looks but will forever maintain that I did not post that comment. I would not degrade someone and tag them knowing the audience and what I would have been up against.”

The person appointed to Carter’s seat will serve through Dec. 31, 2023. Ohio Revised Code states that when a vacancy occurs, an appointee will fill the seat until the next school board election. The next election that includes school board members is slated for November 2023 at which time the remaining two years of the four-year term will be up for election.

The London school board is a five-member board. Current members are Donovan Cooper, Marshall Geib, Lisa Reay and Juliet Wendler.

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