CEDARVILLE — Two write-in candidates are challenging two incumbents up for re-election to the Cedar Cliff Board of Education. Voters will choose three for the board.
Christopher Cross, a member whose current term expires in December, joined the board in January 2010. According to his biography on the district’s website, Cross is an assistant professor and head athletic trainer at Cedarville University. His sons attend Cedar Cliff Schools.
Gail Martindale, whose current term is also expiring, has been on the board since January 1998, according to her biography. She’s a self-employed commercial artist in the community and a lifelong resident of Cedarville, graduating from and sending her own children through Cedar Cliff Schools.
Although only two names will be listed on the ballot Nov. 7, voters will have the chance to write in candidates.
Kyle Miller and Maria Waymire are verified write-in candidates.
Waymire, an Ohio State University graduate, said she seeks a term on the board to ensure the schools’ good financial standing while providing students with the best resources and opportunities. Waymire is part-owner of Little Miami Flower Company and Waymire Family Farms.
Miller was named Fire Chief of the Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department in 2016. According to the department’s website, he has been a member of the fire department since 1996. He graduated from Cedarville University with a business management degree and his children attend Cedar Cliff Schools.
Two candidates returned this newspaper’s candidate questionnaire.
Question 1 – Why are you the right candidate for this seat?
“I believe, unequivocally, in the value of public education. As a lifelong resident of our district and Cedar Cliff Local Schools graduate, I have pleasure in seeing our children succeed and having a positive impact on our community. I have represented the district for several years, always encouraging communication, dedication to all children and a strong advocate for students with disabilities.
I have served in numerous capacities for the Ohio School Board Association, including the State Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, and Regional President. I represent Cedar Cliff Local on the Greene County Career Center Board of Education, where I am the current Board President. I look forward to serving the district and supporting the community’s educational vision and values.”
Question 2 – What is the most important issue facing this office going forward and what solutions do you have to offer voters for this issue?
“The most important issues facing our district are to successfully prepare our students for the future, while remaining financially accountable to our taxpayers. It is imperative that we support our Superintendent, Treasurer, Administrators and Staff by providing them with the tools they need for success. We must always be mindful of the impact that financial decisions make on the residents of our small district.”
Q1 – “I think it’s important for a board member to be a good listener, think objectively and be open minded. These are important qualities as a school board member, and I believe I have these qualities. Being a team player and having good character goes a long way in any area of capacity. I will always support what is morally and ethically right for the students and the school. I would be honored to serve this great community.”
Q2 – ”Cedar Cliff Schools is in good financial standing, but we need to continue to be fiscally responsible as the state increases unfunded mandates. With the state money remaining flat and an increase in mandates, there is more pressure on the district financially. The concern of the district is always the safety and well-being of the students, while they are at school, while providing the best resources possible.”
Contact Anna Bolton at 937-502-4498.