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Matthew Oatley Hopes to Serve Children of North Canton as School Board Member

The North Canton resident and father of two says his background in education and knowledge of school finances puts him ahead of the rest

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Name: Matthew Oatley

Age: 44

Education: BA mathematics, Malone University; MA educational administration (school finance), University of Akron; Ohio School Treasurer's license

Office Sought: North Canton City Schools Board of Education

Candidate Statement: My wife and I have been residents of the North Canton City School District for 21 years. As a child, I attended the district. Our primary reason for locating to this district was its long tradition of excellent schools.

My oldest son, Jay, attends and runs cross country. My youngest son, Zachary, is a fifth-grader at and is in the orchestra. We have been very pleased with their educational experience.

We are members of and are actively involved in the musical programs.

My educational experience combined with my knowledge of school finance makes me an excellent candidate for the board of education. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the children of our community in representing its citizens.

Chuck Osborne August 27, 2011 at 03:04 AM
All North Canton candidates for office were asked to include in their ‘Candidate Statement’ their answer to the question, “How will the city deal with state budget cuts?” There was a reason this same question was posed to each candidate and it would be helpful if each candidate would provide a response to that question. I look forward to hearing your ideas.

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