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(Videos) Resident asks Nordonia Hills City School Board President to resign

by Briana Barker | Reporter Published: August 3, 2016 12:00 AM
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Nordonia Hills -- A Sagamore Hills resident, unhappy with references to him in emails between school officials, called for Board President Tammy Strong to resign for allegedly ignoring the emails.

John Brachna, chairman of the political action committee Citizens for a Strong Nordonia Hills Schools, said during the public comment section he feels Strong's "professionalism should be under question." He referred to an email written by Superintendent Dr. Joe Clark in which Brachna felt he was referred to as a "pig."

"Ms. Strong, your continued lack of action has the appearance that you condone all of this unprofessional and inappropriate behavior," Brachna said.

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Tammy Strong told the News Leader she would not be resigning.

Board member Chad Lahrmer said the use of the word pig was an aphorism.

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"Mr. Brachna was not called a pig, an aphorism was written in an email that said, 'If you mud wrestle a pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it'," Lahrmer said. "All we are saying is you like to argue and you accomplish nothing."

"I didn't take it as an aphorism," said Board Member Jim Szabo.

The emails came to light following a public records request Szabo had made earlier this year. Subsequently in June, Board Members Nick Berchtold and Lahrmer asked Szabo to resign if he was unwilling to work with the Board as a team.

On July 25, Strong accused Szabo of not being committed to the district's children.

"I came on the School Board to improve the education of our district's children. I question whether Mr. Szabo did as well," Strong said. "I want to move forward, to focus on what we can do to improve our schools."

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Szabo said the Board has failed to be respectful of all residents and their views.

"The students, the children, cannot be taken care of until we have residents that are giving us the material and the resources to do so," he said.

Macedonia resident Pam Letterle spoke after Brachna during public comments.

"I am sorry, but we all need to move forward," she said. "We need to work as a team. If you have issues with these people privately, take it privately. We are here for children."

Briana Barker: 330-541-9432




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