Mansfield City Schools Board of Education Raemelton

MANSFIELD -- Two incumbents will remain on the Mansfield City School Board of Education and can show newly elected Linda Golden the ropes.

Renda Cline, 49, said she was honored to serve the community again.

"We are working on our strategic plan to make our district the schools of choice," Cline said. "People have so many options and we want to be the school of choice."

Also retained, Sheryl Weber, 68, said she was looking forward to her next four-year term, too.

Both Cline and Golden were endorsed by the Mansfield Schools Education Association.

"Hopefully we can continue to keep getting the (Ohio Department of Education scorecard) grades up and I hope we can expand our preschool so all of our students can have the same start."

Cline added her excitement to see Golden join the board.

"She is going to be an excellent addition to the board and I am very excited for her," Cline said.

Golden defeated incumbent Judy Forney by 506 votes, according to the Richland County Board of Elections' unofficial totals. Golden was not available for comment on Tuesday night.

Golden, a teacher who spent 13 of her 17-year career in the Mansfield City School District, previously said she ran for a seat on the board because she sees the progress the district is making and wants to contribute.

She listed five priorities to focus on, creating a safe and welcoming environment for students, continuing the academic improvement and improving the graduation rate, hire a more diverse staff to represent the student body, listening to the staff's needs to be successful for students, and having more parent and community leaders involved with the schools.

"You can't have a successful city with out a successful school district," Golden said.

Forney resigned from her seat in May of 2019 after she learned in order to receive retirement benefits she would have to resign. After the board interviewed several candidates after she resigned, they rehired her to the position.

"Judy has been an excellent board member," said Cline, active president of the board. "She brought with her a mind of a treasurer."

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.