December 20, 2014

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Another Clearview school board member resigns

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Name tags might help when Clearview Board of Education members meet July 15.

Less than a month after two board members angrily quit, a third board member has resigned, according to Clearview’s website.

The application deadline is 3 p.m. Monday to fill the new vacancy. The site didn’t say who quit.

Board President Eddie Corcino, who in a March 16 letter to the board said he was resigning when his term ends Dec. 31, didn’t return calls Tuesday. Cars were in the driveway of Corcino’s East 42nd Street home Tuesday night, but no one answered the door. Corcino wouldn’t say last month whether he planned to serve out his full term.

Board members Richard Marcucci and Melissa Newsome didn’t return calls Tuesday and Superintendent Jerome Davis couldn’t be reached for comment. Davis, promoted from Durling Middle School principal in April, announced in a news release this week that Heidi Adkins and Giles Brown II were replacing board members Connie Finney and Brenda Newman, who resigned June 7 and June 10, respectively.

Finney and Newman denounced Corcino, Marcucci and Newsome when they resigned. They said they were blindsided when former board member Judy Maldonado — now an Educational Service Center of Lorain County board member — was allowed on stage during last month’s high school graduation to present her son with a diploma.

Corcino had written an email proposing a lottery for parents to be allowed onstage and proposed using the lottery as a way to “mask” allowing Maldonado’s participation. He later emailed Finney that it was a “dumb idea” after she said it would be showing favoritism to a former board member. Newman had also questioned whether board members were following Ohio Sunshine Laws.

Corcino said last week that several candidates were interviewed before Adkins and Brown were chosen, but Adkins said she wasn’t interviewed after applying and learned she was chosen in a call from Davis. Brown couldn’t be reached Tuesday regarding whether he was interviewed.

Finney said Tuesday if interviews weren’t conducted, then a disservice was done to taxpayers.

“Why weren’t other people interviewed?” she asked. “What were they afraid of?”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.