Marci Saxon 1.Political Party: Non partisan race 2.Age: 39 3.Place of Birth: North Miami Beach, Florida 4.

Home Address: 38235 Kingston Drive North Ridgeville, OH 44039 5.Length of residence in that community: 5 and a half years 6.Occupation: Music Teacher 7.Employer: Self 8.Elected office experience: None 9.Non elected office experience: Co-chair North Ridgeville Citizens for Better Schools Committee (3.5 years), PTA Officer, Member of Facilities Planning Committee, Member of North Ridgeville Schools Communications Committee, Immediate Past President of Westshore Mothers of Twins (two terms) 10.Education (please list only schools graduated from): Cleveland Institute of Music (Master’s), University of Akron (Master’s and Undergraduate) 11.Marital status: Married 12.Name of spouse: Craig Housum 13.Name and age of children: Max and Rose, age 7 14.Organizations: North Ridgeville Citizens for Better Schools, Facilities Planning Committee, PTA officer, school volunteer, Westshore Mothers of Twins 15.Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it? a) In North Ridgeville we must make computer technology a priority at every grade. Out students must not be left behind both in the country and world. We can’t settle for following along, we must lead the way. We will need to adapt our learning practices to current technology while always remaining forward thinking and by adapting to ever changing technological advances. We need to teach our kids, at every grade how to use our smart phones, tablets and computers as learning tools. Given the high cost of computer hardware and how quickly it becomes obsolete, we must make it possible for students to bring their own devices to school and connect to the technological tools we put in place both in the classroom and from home. With

the right technology in place we can give new meaning to distance learning by giving kids the opportunity to stay connected to their school, their teachers, and their classmates from home. b) The role of classroom teacher has changed. Teachers are now asked to do more with less resources than they’ve ever had in the past. Class sizes are larger. Responsibilities are greater, we expect them to act as agents of the health department, police department, and child services. The pressures on teachers is at an all-time high. As a Board of Education member I will work to make sure our teachers get the support they need to help all students meet or exceed student expectations at every grade. c) We must improve and expand our curriculum so that our kids are prepared and ready to compete whether their choice is to enter the job market or go on to college after graduating. Money is tight for everyone, however there are no academic programs which can be cut; if anything, there are some which we must either add or expand to make certain North Ridgeville students remain competitive. Our residents passed a much needed levy last year. In light of this, we will have to make up the deficit created by State cuts in school funding by carefully reviewing and reallocating our resources to make up the shortfall without cutting academic programming. Our schools are facing the same problem as our seniors, namely to manage and to maintain our standard of living on a fixed budget in the face of ever rising costs. This is not a job for the faint of heart; it will be difficult, but not impossible, and I’m up for the challenge.

16.Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you? The voters need to elect me to the School Board because the time for change is way past due. We can no longer accept the status quo as our standard. If we continue to say, “this is how it’s been, this is how it is, and this is how it will be,” then the rest of the world will not only pass us by, but we’ll be crushed as it rolls over us and leaves the leftovers for our kids in their wake. I’m an individual that takes action, I speak my mind, and I’m honest and upfront. I believe in North Ridgeville, I believe in our schools, and I believe in our kids. Most importantly, I’ve stepped up and I’m ready for the challenges ahead.

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