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Chuck Bartsche
Age: 57


Elected Experience: None, previously ran for school board


Employment: CPA & Controller at small business

What do you see as the most important issue facing your district?
In May, the Rocky River school levy failed for several reasons. The community has passed many permanent levies that support current expense levels. Many question the need to incur additional expenses during these turbulent economic times. The loss of quality instruction resulting from the district’s response to COVID troubled many parents and students. Six teachers’ careers ended over an allegedly inappropriate event. The administration appeared less than fair in handling this matter. Curriculum promoting tenets of Critical Race Theory was taught without parents being informed. The current board did not address these issues to voters’ satisfaction. I understand these issues and am committed to restoring the public’s trust.

What will you be doing to address this issue if elected?
The union contract expires on June 30. These will have to be negotiated so that the levy cycle can be expanded from 3-5 years to 6 years to ensure equity between the taxpayers and the school system. Using diversity training as a cover for teaching Critical Race Theory as demonstrated at this webpage. www.rockyrivercitizensfortransparency.org/news, needs to end. The mask mandate imposed by the school board for Pre-K-5th Grade should be eliminated, allowing parents and students the freedom to choose.

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Kathy Goepfert (Incumbent)


Age: 60
Elected Experience: 20 years on the Rocky River school board


Employment: Retired in 2016. Worked 34 years for Cuyahoga County Auditor/Fiscal Office, retired as Director of Special Projects

What do you see as the most important issue facing your district?
The most important issue facing our district is finances. Most of the district’s money comes from Rocky River citizens, many on fixed income. I have and will continue to ensure the district is fiscally responsible. We eliminated the 3-year levy that we had since the 1980s. We now have a four-five year levy cycle. The district relies heavily on property taxes. Cuyahoga County adjusts property values every three years. When property values increase there is a small increase in school taxes for inside millage. The remainder increase in property valuation is protected by House Bill 920. H.B. 920 keeps the taxes paid to the school at the original amount voted on by residents, even if property values go up. Our District will have a 1.0-mill decrease due to debt service millage dropping off the 2021 tax year. This equates to approximately $70 savings on a home valued at $200,000.

What will you do to address this issue if elected?
If elected I will continue to support cost-cutting measures without affecting students’ education and programs. I have a 20-year track record of doing just that: Employees now pay 15% of their healthcare premium. Employees now pay copays and prescription costs. The district is a member of the Suburban Healthcare Consortium. This reduces the cost of employee group health, life, dental and other insurance. The district buys fuel through the city, saving the district approximately $75,000 to $100,000. The district is a member of the Ohio School Council. This allows us to purchase natural gas, electricity, buses, playground equipment at a lower rate. The district’s LED Lighting Improvement Plan saves approximately $128,000 a year.

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Peter Corrigan

Age: Not answered

Elected experience: None

Employment: Retired senior executive; undergraduate and graduate university professor at Notre Dame College

What do you see as the most important issue facing your district? While the challenges of the RRSD are not exactly parallel to the private sector, I believe that there is enough crossover to be able to assist with strategic planning, financial oversight, and contract administration.

What will you do to address this issue if elected? 
I was born in Rocky River and as a child, briefly attended the RRSD. I hold an undergraduate degree in Physics, an MBA from Case Western Reserve, and I am an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. I can help.

Kelly Frindt
Age: 36
Elected Experience: None
Employment: Educator/stay-at-home parent

What do you see as the most important issue facing your district?
Communication/transparency is the most important issue facing our school district. Without this a district and community will never be able to truly come together in mutual support of each other and move forward together effectively.

What will you be doing to address this issue if elected?
I would recommend for the board and district to put together a survey that contains both educational matters and what the community needs from the district. This would allow us to really find strengths and weaknesses and create a data-driven plan. We would also need to keep checking in with all stakeholders to make sure our plan is working correctly or if things need to be tweaked along the way.

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Jessica Wilson

Age: 38

Elected Experience: None

Employment: Consultant, Hendy Avenue Consulting

What do you see as the most important issue facing your district?

The most important issue facing our district is ensuring effective student learning and support while maintaining fiscal responsibility and community confidence.

What will you do to address this issue if elected?

I will support the district to first focus on ensuring that all students get the resources and support they need for academic growth, and to recover any lost or missed learning that resulted from COVID-related disruptions. I will also ensure that our district is spending financial resources wisely to meet student needs, and is carefully weighing options before putting any levy request in front of voters. Finally, I will ensure the district is clearly communicating goals, decisions, and plans with the full community to support buy-in and engagement in our shared goals. Community engagement with the school board is critical to our district’s success.

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Lauren Negrey

Age: 37

Elected Experience: None

Employment: Current student for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and School Counseling licensure renewed.

What do you see as the most important issue facing your district?

One of the most important issues facing our district is re-establishing comprehensive communication and trust and promoting engagement between the Board, district leaders, and our community.

What will you be doing to address this issue if elected?

My counseling experience lends itself to a more clear and effective communication process that will build stronger ties between parents, the community, and district leaders. If elected, I will support the district in building community trust using a partnership-based approach that is informative, accessible and provides opportunities for active engagement.

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Darryl Forest

Age: Did not answer.

Elected experience: None

Employment: 12 years as Systems/Industrial/Manufacturing Engineer; over 25 years in Bio-tech Medical Industry.

What do you see as the most important issue facing your city/district?

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) discussions being incorrectly confused with CRT (Critical Race Theory) creating misinformation, division and chaos within the community. This, also, includes efforts downstate with SB 322 and 327, which will cripple the ability of academicians to teach truth in history.

What will you be doing to address this issue if elected?

My plan is to address this issue head on by recommending a DE&I Focus Group, develop new DE&I initiatives internally and rewrite district's old DE&I Mission Statement. I will share accurate and timely reporting out to the community of all results.

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