EATON TWP. — The Midview Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill the unexpired term of board member David Kleinhenz.
Kleinhenz died June 20 after a lengthy illness. He was 51.
School board President Tom Tomasheski was sad to hear that his fellow board member had died.
“In the six-plus years of Dave’s service on the Midview Board of Education, we have enjoyed many accomplishments, such as the new construction of three elementary schools and an award-winning middle school,” Tomasheski said.
Furthermore, during Kleinhenz’s tenure, the district installed one of the first artificial turf football fields in Lorain County.
“During his term, we also witnessed passage of a new levy, which had not been accomplished in over 23 years,” Tomasheski said.
He added that with Kleinhenz’s help, Midview has been put on the forefront of STEAM education as well.
In order to continue moving in the right direction, the Midview Board of Education must find a replacement for Kleinhenz soon, Tomasheski said.
The board will begin interviewing candidates “soon” and must name a replacement within 30 days of the resignation. The newly appointed member will serve until Dec. 31, 2019. However, if the newly appointed member wishes to continue serving, he or she must run in the next general election.
According to Ohio law, people serving on Ohio school boards must be at least 18 years old, district residents and registered voters.
Those interested in serving on the board should visit the Midview Board of Education office at 13050 Durkee Road to fill out an application. Applications also will be available on the district website, www.midviewk12.org.
Completed applications will be accepted until the extended deadline of July 6, (as opposed to the original deadline of June 29) and can be turned in at the office during business hours or emailed to Treasurer Rob Showalter at rshowalter@ midviewk12.org.
Tomasheski said the board will review all applications and decide on the replacement at a special meeting July 17.
“The mission of the Midview school district is to prepare all students to be successful and competitive citizens; building a stronger and more productive community,” Tomasheski said. “Our friend and colleague will be remembered and missed by the entire Middie family.”
According to Kleinhenz’s obituary, he was an engineer for Norfolk Southern Railroad. He was a Eucharistic minister at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and he also was a volunteer firefighter for Grafton and Elyria townships and a paramedic for LifeCare of Elyria.
And, in his heart, he was a “Middie.”
“He was very active in all things Midview, including being the announcer for soccer and basketball games as well as the marching band halftime shows. He worked the scoreboard for wrestling and basketball,” the obituary also noted.