Tallmadge School Board to swear in new member

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- The Tallmadge Board of Education has appointed Mark W. Fairhurst as its newest member.

According to Board President Rick Kellar, Mayor Dave Kline will swear in Fairhurst immediately before the next Board meeting at 6 p.m. April 16 at the high school.

Fairhurst was among four candidates who submitted applications to fill the vacancy on the Board after Valorie Prulhiere resigned last month.

"All four candidates were outstanding," Kellar said. "Overall, we felt Mark's experience in working with various governing boards, service above self attitude, and desire to put 'kids first' were most important to us in filling Valorie Prulhiere's seat."

The other candidates for the position were Angela Neal-Barnett, a professor at Kent State University; David S. Parry, associate lecturer in the School of Communication and Summit College at the University of Akron; and Lori Villanova, a literacy intervention teacher at David Hill Community Learning Center in Akron.

Fairhurst is the executive director of Embracing Futures Inc., a children's charity in Akron. He has a bachelor's degree in fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design from the University of Akron.

"This is a nice opportunity to serve and give back to the community, to help the schools," said Fairhurst, 59. "I'm happy to do it. I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a great adventure."

The 1973 Mogadore High School graduate and his wife Janet, formerly of Akron, moved to Tallmadge in 1989 because of the school district's reputation, as well as the community's as being a nice place to live, he said.

Fairhurst said the positive experiences his children had in the school system, the results of their education, and the successful transition they've had into working adult lives encouraged him to pursue the position on the Board.

Now that his children are grown, he sees this as a chance for him to give back to the schools.

"I can't think of a better place to spend my time ... I want to be part of a good team," he said.

Although Prulhiere's term expires Dec. 31, 2017, Fairhurst will serve until the first of the year following the next election, which is Jan. 1, 2016.

Board members serve four-year terms. The terms of the members are staggered so that not all of them are up for re-election at the same time.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9428 or hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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