AACS Board of Education appoints Laura Jones to fill vacant seat | Local News

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SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — The Ashtabula Area Schools Board of Education on Friday nominated Laura E. Jones to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Christine Seuffert.

Over the past week, the board has interviewed nine candidates who have expressed interest in the vacancy, including Jones, said board chairman William Niemi.

Jones has a long history of involvement with the district, as a parent, volunteer and founding member of the Dragon Empowerment Center advisory team. Niemi said the board is impressed with his experiences in business, communication and collaboration, which will benefit the school district.

“Laura Jones will be a wonderful addition to our school board,” he said. “We look forward to working with Laura.”

Many Ashtabula County residents may know Jones from when she served as executive director of LEADERship Ashtabula County for 10 years, retiring in 2020 to spend more time with her family.

“My husband and I chose to live in the Ashtabula City School District, and have owned a home and resided in the district since 2014,” she said in the resume submitted to the BOE. “I am a longtime resident of Ashtabula County and a graduate (1996) of Harbor High School.”

After her nomination Friday morning, Jones said she appreciated the board for the opportunity to serve the community and the students of the Ashtabula City School District as a school board member.

“I am confident that my experience, my community involvement and my values ​​of integrity, communication, respect and accountability can be an asset to the council and the district,” she said. “My goal is to fulfill the responsibilities of a board member with student well-being and success at the forefront of decision-making. By connecting with our community, working as a team, and engaging all parties stakeholders – from teachers to parents to residents, we can continue to work to ensure our district is responsive, accountable and ready to better educate our young people.”

Jones received his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. After spending several years working in learning and development for an international cosmetics company, The Body Shop Inc., focusing on values-based products, Jones moved on to work in trade assurance sales. with Huntington Insurance.

As part of her role at Huntington, Jones has been involved with several nonprofit organizations in Cleveland, Lake, and Ashtabula counties, and has focused on encouraging and coordinating volunteer and community efforts. community involvement in the workplace.

In 2009, Jones became the executive director of LEADERship Ashtabula County. Upon his retirement, the Board of Directors named the Laura E. Jones Community Partner Award in his honor, which will be awarded annually.

Jones and her husband, Jim Hockaday, have two sons, Christian and Hobbes.

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