November 24, 2014

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Avon school board selects new member

AVON — The perspective of being the mother of three young sons helped get Heather Mahoney appointed to the Board of Education.

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“We’ve got a broad perspective now,” acting board President Kevin Romanchok said of board members, some of whom have middle and high school age children in the school district. “Having different perspectives is good as you’re going though the decision making.”

Mahoney, appointed last week, replaces former board President Susan Harrison, who left in July after her husband got a job out of state. Harrison’s term expires Dec. 31, 2013, but Mahoney will have to run for re-election because she was appointed more than 90 days before the November election. Mahoney said she’ll get assistance from her husband, Michael Mahoney, who she said helped seven-term U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., first get elected to Congress in 1998.

While new to the board, Mahoney is familiar with Avon Schools having been Avon Early Childhood PTA president in the 2008-09 and 2010-11 school years. Mahoney, 35, has also volunteered on school levy campaigns.

“She’s around the schools and knows her stuff and seems like a very good fit,” board member Scott Radcliffe said. “I think she’ll do well.”

Mahoney, who has sons aged 2, 4 and 6 years old, said joining the board is part of efforts to provide them with the quality public education she said she received.

Mahoney said she joins the board at a challenging time given the torpid economy — the 117,000 jobs added last month failed to keep pace with population growth — and expanding enrollment in the third fastest growing district in Ohio.

“I wanted to give back, not only to my children, but the community and all the students here in Avon,” she said. “I kind of felt the need to step up and lead in that way.”
Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

Mahoney Resume

  • Age: 35
  • Occupation: Mother of three sons and part-time fitness instructor.
  • Education: 1994 graduate of Marlington High School in Alliance and 1999 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in health and human services.
  • Experience: Avon Early Childhood PTA president in 2008-09 and 2010-11, levy committee volunteer in last year’s successful campaign to approve a 5.9 mill levy.