NORTHFIELD CENTER — Residents in the Nordonia Hills City School District will see Board Vice President Nicholas Berchtold and Board members Tammy Strong and Judith Matlin on the board of education next year.

According to final but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections, Strong had nearly 28 percent of the vote, or 3,684 votes; Matlin had about 26 percent of the vote, or 3,504 votes; and Berchtold had about 23 percent of the vote, or 3,106 votes. Challenger John Bruce had nearly 23 percent of the votes, or 3,018 votes.

"Once again, I am humbled by the support of the community," Strong said. "Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to continue serving you for another four years."

Strong said that the Board "has brought great thoughts and ideas to the table."

"We will be deficit spending and we really need to work closely together, respecting each other's views and opinions, to make the best fiscally responsible decisions for our district and communities," Strong said. "I hope we will be able to meet with all the elected officials from the five communities that make up the Nordonia Hills City School District. We need to work together to ensure our schools continue to improve, making all of our communities an attractive place to live."

Matlin, who was appointed to the board in April and will serve her first full term starting in January, said she was "overwhelmingly excited and happy."

"First, I want to thank all the people who came out and voted, and an extra thinks for those who supported me," Matlin said. "I will do my best to live up to their hopes and expectations."

Her personal goals are to "get to as many school activities at all levels as possible," and get to know the community and the families better, Matlin said.

"I know together we know a solid education system is the cornerstone of any community," Matlin said. "We are going to make sure we do our best to ensure a quality education for the students, while being mindful of spending, and not placing frivolous demands or undue burden on the taxpayers."

Bruce, who has previously sought election to the board, extended his congratulations to the three winning candidates, adding that he wished them "the best of luck serving the people of Nordonia."

"I will not be going away," Bruce said. "I plan to continue attending the school board meetings and be active in the public. Tomorrow is a new day, I can't confirm that I will run again for sure, but as I always say, hard work and perseverance pay off."

Berchtold could not be reached for comment.

The winners will serve four-year terms commencing Jan. 1, 2018.

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