Board of Education Appoints Terry DeLap
At the July 8 Board of Education regular meeting, the North Royalton Board of Education voted to appoint Terry DeLap to fill the vacant seat left by Dr. Susan G. Clark. He was sworn in by Treasurer Biagio Sidoti. Clark resigned her seat on the Board effective June 26(check date). Dr. Clark is the University of Akron’s recipient of a Fulbright Core Teaching Scholarship and will be moving to Norway, affiliated with Østfold University College in Oslo, to teach in schools throughout the country.
There were nine applications that were screened and reviewed in executive session at the Board’s work session on June 27. The Board interviewed all the candidates at the end of June and on July 1 and 2. DeLap’s term will last until December 31, 2019. A special election will be held in November for the remaining two years of Dr. Clark’s term.
DeLap is a retired business owner of The Cleaning Authority, a parent and long-time support of the District. In 2018, DeLap was named the District’s Friend of Education. The annual award goes to a person or persons who significantly contribute to North Royalton City Schools, help inspire and empower students, and dedicate themselves to making North Royalton and Broadview Heights great places. DeLap also has served on the District's Business Advisory and Strategic Plan committees.
“I want to thank the Board for having the confidence to appoint me to this position,” said DeLap. “My congratulations to Dr. Clark as she moves to Norway as a Fulbright Core Teaching Scholar. Her presence will be missed both on our school board and in our community. My plan is to represent the communities of both Broadview Heights and North Royalton by always advocating for the students, their parents and the community members and businesses that support our schools. I look forward to joining our current Board who have promised to get me up to speed quickly. As for continuity, I plan to be on the ballot in November in order to complete the entire term vacated by Dr. Clark,” said DeLap.
As a parent, DeLap always has been a supporter and advocate for his child. As a local business owner, he makes sure that students and staff are taken care of in many ways. For example, when there were several national news stories about students who couldn't afford to eat lunch and were ashamed to ask for help, DeLap stepped forward to set up an account that children could use in the event they either forgot their lunch money or couldn't afford lunch. His business was recognized by the District and the Ohio School Boards Association as a “Business of the Year” in the 2017-18 school year.
“The Board interviewed nine individuals who were all excellent candidates,” said President Dr. John Kelly, North Royalton Board of Education. “In the end, the consensus was that Terry DeLap was the right person to step in at this time. We look forward to a smooth transition and the addition of Terry’s voice to the decision-making process.”