NORTHFIELD CENTER — The Nordonia Hills City Schools has a new face on the school board.

The school board unanimously appointed Macedonia resident William Busse to complete the unfinished term of Nick Berchtold, who resigned last month.

In his Oct. 28 resignation letter to Superintendent Joe Clark and the school board, Berchtold stated that "new business venture and the time commitment necessary to start a new business from the ground up" was a major factor in his decision to step down from the school board. Berchtold’s term expires Dec. 31, 2021.

In his application letter, Busse said he has been a Nordonia Hills resident since 2010, and has a son who is a sophomore at the high school.

"I have worked in high schools as a high school coach for numerous years and have worked for unions in the past with in my present job as a Cleveland Police officer," Busse stated in his letter.

According to information in his resume, Busse has worked with the Cleveland Police Department since August 1996. He has also worked with several area high school football teams, most recently in 2013-14 at Buckeye High School.

Board president Tammy Strong said the school board received five applications for the school board seat.

"As a Cleveland Police officer, Mr. Busse brings different knowledge, experience, and perspective to the board," Strong said. "I think he will make a great addition and look forward to working with him."

Busse is scheduled to take the oath of office Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at the beginning of a special meeting, and again during the regular school board meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at Northfield Elementary School.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423,, or @AprilKHelms_RPC.