Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education member resigns from post

Dave Martin was first elected in November 2015

FROM A STAFF REPORT
From left, Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education members Anthony Gomez and Dave Martin review information during a board meeting in 2019. Martin on Monday, Aug. 10, announced he was resigning from the board effective Aug. 11.

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education has a vacancy to fill.

Board member David Martin on Monday submitted his letter of resignation to the board office.

“Due to the increasing demands for and less flexibility of my available time, and after discussions with my wife, I've made the decision to resign from the Cuyahoga Falls City School District Board of Education, effective Tuesday, Aug.11, 2020,” wrote Martin in his letter.

With employee union contract negotiations starting, a building project plan that’s been delayed, hundreds of pages of board policy that must be reviewed, and the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Martin wrote, “I no longer have the time needed to dedicate to this position.”

“I'd like to thank my family for all of their sacrifices and continued support, during my tenure on the board,” added Martin in his letter. “My thanks as well to all who have supported me during my time on the board. Best wishes to all, and go Black Tigers!”

Martin did not immediately reply to email and social media messages left for him seeking further comment.

Martin was first elected to the board of education in November 2015 and re-elected in November 2019.

“I want to thank Mr. Martin for his service to our district,” said Superintendent Todd Nichols. “Dave has served as the board’s representative on the Athletics and Activity Council, the Business Advisory Council and the Financial Advisory Committee. He has always been an involved board member and we appreciate his contributions.”

Board President Karen Schofield added: “Mr. Martin was a highly visible board member who devoted a great deal of time attending a wide variety of district activities. One could always depend on seeing Mr. Martin at everything from elementary Literacy Nights and middle school tailgate parties to high school athletic events and arts performances. His commitment to attending evening and weekend events involving our students was unsurpassed.”

Those interested in serving on the board of education should submit a letter of interest, a resume, and two letters of reference by Aug. 24 to: Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education, 431 Stow Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 ATTN: Karen Kunst.

According to Ohio law, people serving on school boards must be 18 years old, school district residents and registered voters.

The board will review candidate applications and then schedule interviews to take place at the regular board meeting on Sept. 2 in executive session. The term for Martin’s vacated position runs through Dec. 31, 2023, but the candidate appointed to replace Martin will only serve until Dec. 31, 2021. State law requires that a special election take place in November 2021 for the remaining two years of the original board member’s term (January 2022-December 2023).

Individuals wishing to run for this two-year position do so separately from the candidates running for the normal four-year board vacancies up for election that year. An individual then is elected to serve for only the remaining two years of the original board member’s term.