3 vie for Crestview BOE seats

LISBON – Three are running for the Crestview Local School Board, although only the two incumbents responded to a request for candidates information.

Dr. Edward J. Miller and John Garwood are both seeking to return to their current seats. They are being challenged by Brayden Tucker of state Route 344, Leetonia.

Miller, 44, Creek Road, New Waterford, was appointed to a vacated seat on the board in January 2012. Miller is a 1987 graduate of Crestview, who also attended Youngstown State University from 1987-1990, NEOUCOM from 1990-1994 and the Western Reserve Care System from 1994-1997. He is a physician.

Miller said he hopes to serve on the board for many more years and believes in the importance of being involved and getting others involved.

“Get involved! Stay involved!,” Miller said. “My favorite saying is ‘If you’re not part of the solution – you’re part of the problem.’”

One of the challenges he sees in education is the continued assaults on the budgets for public schools. The state has been cutting the budget while increasing the number of unfunded mandates schools have to follow.

Garwood, 54, Crestview Road, Leetonia, is also a graduate of Crestview from 1977. He currently works as a division manager of retail and feed at Agland Co-op. He also received his certification as a vocational education instructor from Kent State University.

Garwood has spent the past three years on the board of education at Crestview. He sees the position as an opportunity to give back to the school district, which has supported his family through the years. He talks about the importance of continued support by the board for both the staff and students needs, allowing the district to provide a quality education in a safe and secure environment.

He said he wants to continue working with a board “dedicated to giving our students the tools they need to be successful in life.”

He also believes school funding and unfunded mandates to be the biggest challenges facing Crestview.

“We need to continue our grass roots efforts in educating our elected state officials on the importance of public education and funding,” Garwood said.