School board vacancy announced after Cathy Johnson resigns

Cathy Johnson

The South-Western City School District Board of Education announced a vacancy due to the resignation of Cathy Johnson. In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, the school board must name a replacement within 30 days.

Johnson resigned from the board on Nov. 20 due to a change in residency out of the district.

School board president, Anthony Caldwell, said, “Cathy Johnson leaves the district having left an indelible mark on generations of students, staff, and families in the South-Western City School District in her 21 years as a board member. As a retired teacher, Cathy has long brought a unique and skilled perspective to the board as a respected voice for public education and classroom instruction that has been used to positively impact both students and staff during. A visionary and pioneer in so many respects, as well as a champion for learning, we would like to thank Cathy for her unwavering dedication and service to our community.”

During Johnson’s tenure serving on the board:

  • She has served the district as board president
  • Served in various regional and state Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) roles including OSBA president
  • Was a strong advocate for the initial adoption of all-day kindergarten in the district that our families enjoy today.
  • Helped to oversee the building of 15 new elementary schools, four new middle schools, one high school, and various expansion and remodeling projects to existing buildings.
  • In her final full school year on the board, the district achieved the highest graduation rate in the history of the district which dates to 1956.

Those interested in applying for appointment to the vacant position should send a resume and cover letter to The information must be received no later than the end of the business day Friday, Dec. 8 (4:45 p.m.) for consideration. Any individual wishing to fill the vacated seat on the school board must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the South-Western City School District, and a registered voter.

It is anticipated that the board may review all applications and vote on a replacement to fill the vacancy as soon as the Dec. 11 board meeting. The newly appointed school board member will serve until Dec. 31, 2025.

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