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Ohio School Boards Association honors longtime school board member

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    Wadsworth Board of Education President Linda Kramer, center left, is pictured with John Halkais, Ohio School Board Association president-elect; Suzie Lawson, Ohio School Board Association Northeast regional president; and Richard Lewis, Ohio School Board Association executive director at the Wayne County Career Center, for a recent regional meeting. Kramer was recognized for 20 years of service to Wadsworth Schools.

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WADSWORTH — The Ohio School Boards Association recently recognized Wadsworth board President Linda Kramer for 20 years of service to the district.

Kramer, a lifelong Wadsworth resident and member of the Wadsworth High School class of 1957 was originally elected to the board in 1989.

“At the end of those four years, I accepted a job with the Board of Elections in Medina, working for the county … and because of a conflict of interest and everything I was not allowed to run again,” Kramer said Monday.

After officially retiring from the elections board in 2002, Kramer decided it was time for another school board campaign.

“Of course, the first thing I did was run again and here I have been ever since,” she said.

Superintendent Andrew Hill said Kramer continues to be an asset to the district.

“She was a part of the board that actually hired me here in Wadsworth,” Hill said Monday. “She has just been I would say a calm steady force on our board of education for years.”

Board Vice President Julie Batey said in an email Monday that it has been an honor to serve on the board with Kramer.

“I’ve valued the guidance and knowledge she has shared with me over the last six years I’ve been serving on the board,” Batey said.

“I’m inspired by Linda’s endless love for and dedication to our students, teachers and staff and admire how she goes out of her way to attend as many school activities as possible to show her support,” Batey added.

Kramer said that while she has seen her share of difficult times at the district — when cuts had to be made and levies requested — the past four years have been relatively smooth sailing.

“I’ll tell you the last four years have gone so fast for me and they have really been happy years, because every thing has been like status quo and everything has been going great,” Kramer said.

Kramer said that while she understands it might be time for the district to start considering a potential operating levy, she has full confidence in the district’s administration team.

Board member Gary McComas said Monday that Kramer is sincere and dedicated to the district and its students, and also to the constituents of the entire school district.

Hill said that Kramer can be seen at the majority of district events, and makes an effort to get into the school buildings and interact with students and staff members.

It is that interaction with the students that Kramer said has been the most rewarding part of her two decades of service.

“To me, each and every one of these kids is like my own,” she said. “I keep in contact with all of them that I can after they graduate.

“I just want to know where they are at (in life).”

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.


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