Arendt seeking second term on school board
Said she still has work to do in the district
NORTH ROYALTON – School board member Jackie Arendt is seeking a second four-year term.

Arendt, 52, graduated from North Royalton High School and has four daughters, all North Royalton grads. She was heavily involved in the PTA for years and is currently an adjunct professor of sociology at Tri-C and Cleveland State.

Last year, she earned an Award of Achievement from the Ohio School Boards Association and was recognized with the entire school board as being Northeast Ohio’s Most Outstanding School Board Team.

Arendt said she is running again because she believes she still has work to do.

Voters just OK’d the district’s bond issue in May that will construct one new centralized elementary school, renovate and upgrade the middle school and rebuild the ‘50s and ‘60s sections of the high school and renovate the ‘70s and ‘80s sections.

The school board is currently in the process of hiring an architect to design those projects and will soon hire a construction manager.

Arendt said she believes the current board needs to stay in place.

“A solid foundation has been established with the current five board members, and I’d like to remain in service to the community. We need dedicated board members who want to assemble a school district that not only engages students, faculty and staff but will continue providing opportunities for growth and success within the communities it serves,” she said.

Much of the board’s focus the past few years has been the bond issue, and now Arendt said she would like to be a part of the group that leads the district into a bright future.

“The first 3 1/2 years of my term on the board have been about passing the bond issue. Now that it has passed, I’d like to use the knowledge I’ve gained as a board member to help lead it toward the positive direction it is heading,” she said. “I hope to be a part of the wonderful journey now that the bond issue has passed and the work begins.”

In order to file petitions with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, board candidates need 75 valid voter signatures. The filing deadline is Aug. 9.

Arendt and School Board President Dr. Susan Clark are both up for re-election this November with terms expiring Dec. 31.

School Board Vice President Dr. John Kelly and members Anne Reinkober and Heidi Dolezal are in the middle of their terms and not up for re-election until 2019.