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Board Members Take Oath of Office, 2018 Organizational Business Set


Photo 0f 2018 Board of Education 
2018 Orange Board of Education: Mrs. Deborah Kamat, Mrs. Beth Wilson-Fish (Vice President), Mr. Jeffrey Leikin, Mrs. Melanie Weltman (President), and Dr. Rebecca Boyle.

In January 2018, the Orange Schools Board of Education completed its annual Organizational Business. Taking their Oath of Office were newly elected Dr. Rebecca Boyle and Mrs. Deborah Kamat and re-elected Mr. Jeffrey Leikin. The Board also approved the appointment of Mrs. Melanie Weltman and Mrs. Beth Wilson-Fish as its President and Vice President, respectively.
Dr. Boyle is a the mother of two children who currently attend the Orange Schools. She, her husband Jim and their children have lived in Orange Village for 13 years. She is a member of the Orange Boosters and is a classroom volunteer. She holds multiple college degrees including a Ph.D. in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.
Mrs. Kamat has two children who graduated from Orange High School. She and her husband have resided in Orange Village for 22 years. She has been a parent volunteer for Orange Athletics, Destination Imagination, Stagecrafters, Expect Respect, and a local Brownie troop. She has dedicated her life to education by serving as a public school teacher, a private school board member, and an attorney and mediator for the U.S. Department of Education.
Mr. Leikin has lived in the Orange Community for more than 25 years and is a 1977 graduate of Orange High School.  He and his wife have three children in the Orange Schools. He is a lifetime member of the Orange Alumni Association and a member of Orange Boosters. He has coached Orange youth sports. He earned a college degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Mrs. Weltman joined the Board in 2013. She has resided in the Orange School District for almost 39 years including the past 13 years with her husband Mr. Scott Weltman and their three children who graduated from Orange High School. She is also an Orange High School graduate. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law.

Mrs. Wilson-Fish joined the Board in 2016. She and her husband Tom Fish have resided in Moreland Hills for more than 13 years. Her daughter is a  graduate of Orange High School. Beth has 31 years of experience in education, which includes 17 years serving the students of the Orange Schools, including three years as a gifted intervention specialist at Moreland Hills Elementary School and four years as the District’s Gifted Coordinator before retiring in 2014.

Other organizational meeting news:

The Board also approved appointments to the 2018 District committees.

  • Academic Committee - Mrs. Weltman and Mrs. Kamat
  • Audit and Finance Committee - Mrs. Weltman and Mr. Leikin
  • Buildings and Grounds Committee - Mr. Leikin and Mrs. Wilson-Fish
  • Communications Committee - Mrs. Wilson-Fish and Dr. Boyle
  • Policy Committee - Dr. Boyle and Mrs. Kamat 
Approval was given to the regular meeting schedule for the calendar year 2018. The meeting schedule is posted on the District website calendar and in the right column of the Board of Education webpage.

Appointments to the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) were approved. Mr. Leikin will serve as a delegate at the OSBA annual conference with Mrs. Weltman as an alternate. Dr. Boyle will serve as a legislative liaison to OSBA while Mrs. Wilson-Fish will serve as the student achievement liaison.

Board Liaisons were chosen for various school-related organizations and groups:
  • Curriculum Advisory Council - Mrs. Weltman and Mrs. Kamat
  • Orange Community Education and Recreation - Dr. Boyle and Mrs. Kamat
  • Orange Schools Foundation - Mrs. Wilson-Fish and Mr. Leikin
  • Orange Boosters - Mr. Leikin and Dr. Boyle
  • Orange Patronaires - Mrs. Kamat and Mrs. Weltman
  • Orange Elementary/Middle School PTA - Mr. Leikin and Mrs. Weltman
  • OHS PTA - Mr. Leikin and Mrs. Weltman
  • Orange Alumni Association - Mrs. Wilson-Fish and Mrs. Weltman

The Board of Education also re-adopted existing bylaws and policies.

View photos from the Board's Organizational Meeting.

Visit the Board of Education webpage

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