Kasich Appoints Four New State Board of Education Members - Hannah Report

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Gov. John Kasich replaced four members of the State Board of Education with new appointees Wednesday, filling the seats of term-limited veterans Tess Elshoff and Joe Farmer and declining to reappoint members Kara Morgan and Cathye Flory.

Newly appointed members include David Brinegar of Fayette, Cindy Collins of Amanda, Mark Lamoncha of Leetonia and Michael Toal of Sidney.

Brinegar is CEO of manufacturer Fulton Industries, and a former member of the Fayette Local School District Board of Education.

Collins is an agent with Gorsuch Realty and president-elect for the Lancaster Board of Realtors.

Lamoncha is CEO of manufacturer Humtown Products.

Toal is CEO of Rotary Compression Technologies and president of Everyday Technologies.

The four new members will serve through the first term of Gov.-elect Mike DeWine. Josh Eck, spokesman DeWine, said the Kasich administration worked with DeWine on numerous appointments, including to the state school board, but didn't say if any of the new members were recommended by DeWine.

The 19-member board will convene with seven new faces for a leadership election Tuesday, Jan 15 to replace Elshoff as president and Nancy Hollister as vice president. Aside from the new appointees, other new board members include Jenny Kilgore, who defeated 4th District incumbent Pat Bruns in November; Kirstin Hill, who defeated 2nd District incumbent Charles Froehlich; and former Rep. John Hagan, who won the election to replace board Hollister, who declined to seek re-election.

The attorney general's office recently issued a formal opinion at the board's request on voting eligibility for the leadership election, stating that the new appointees will be eligible if their nominations have been delivered to the Senate clerk, though their appointments will still be subject to advice and consent of the Senate. (See The Hannah Report, 12/18/18.)

Story originally published in The Hannah Report on January 2, 2019.  Copyright 2019 Hannah News Service, Inc.