Saturday, August 04, 2001

CPS board member to quit

Vice president Marmer won't seek re-election

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Lynn Marmer, Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education vice president, made public this week what she has debated privately for months: she won't seek re-election.

        In a letter to The Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board dated July 27, the eight-year board member said, “CPS is stronger and better than when I joined the board in 1994. The superintendent and administrative team of CPS are among the best in the nation.”

        Ms. Marmer said Friday while on vacation that her reasons for leaving were personal and professional.

        She's an executive at Kroger Co. and also has a daughter, Emily Beaupre, who will be 8 years old in September.

        “I'm looking forward to being a Brownie Scout leader,” Ms. Marmer said.

        As a board member, she served as chairwoman of the finance committee and previously served as board president.

        She was a supporter of Superintendent Steven Adamowski, and often voted in the majority on issues that divided the board.

        “It's been a pleasure working with Dr. Adamowski so it's a little hard to say no,” she said.

        Last January she won the vice president seat in a 4-3 vote, with Catherine Ingram, Dr. Florence Newell and Harriet Russell voting against her.

        Ms. Marmer said it's been frustrating as a board member not to see reforms occuring more quickly but she said the district is moving in the right direction.

        “Her loss as a board member will be missed more than any other board member that I have observed in my term or prior,” Ms. Ingram said. “Lynn is very intelligent. She has a good sense of leadership. ... She tries to work toward building consensus.”

        Ms. Marmer outlined several points in her letter that the district should continue to address, including supporting the superintendent, further exploring charter schools and longer school days and realistically examining which of the district's facilities must be repaired and when.

        Her term ends in January.


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