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Melanie Bates
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Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 13
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2001
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Ohio State Board of Education
Bachelor'sXavier University
Master'sNorthern Kentucky University
ProfessionHospital development liaison
Office website
Melanie Bates is an at-large member of the Cincinnati Schools Board of Education. She first won election to the board in 2001 and won re-election on November 5, 2013.


Bates earned a B.S. in Communication Arts from Xavier University in 1975. She later earned a Master's of Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University in 2005. Bates currently works as a hospital development liaison from LifeCenter Organ Donor Network. She previously served on the Ohio State Board of Education from 1995 to 2001. Bates has three children who have graduated from district schools.[1]



See also Cincinnati Public Schools elections (2013)

Bates won a fourth term on the board against eight other candidates in the November 5, 2013 general election.


Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Bates Incumbent 18.1% 27,469
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEricka Copeland-Dansby 14.8% 22,455
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElisa Hoffman 13.8% 20,861
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Minera 10.9% 16,537
     Nonpartisan Marcia A. Futel 10.1% 15,368
     Nonpartisan Betsy Shank 9.7% 14,752
     Nonpartisan Martha Good 9.2% 13,909
     Nonpartisan Sally O'Callaghan 8.3% 12,621
     Nonpartisan Victoria Straughn 5% 7,540
Total Votes 151,512
Source: Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Elections, "Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013


Bates reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[2]


On October 14, 2013, The Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed Bates for one of four seats on the board.[3]


Bates won re-election to the board against 11 other candidates on November 3, 2009.

Cincinnati Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Bates Incumbent 14.8% 32,849
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Ingram Incumbent 12.6% 27,953
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Cooper Reed Incumbent 11.3% 25,220
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVanessa White 10.6% 23,693
     Nonpartisan Lisa Schare 8.2% 18,307
     Nonpartisan Joyce E. Hooks 7.9% 17,630
     Nonpartisan Christopher McDowell 7.5% 16,723
     Nonpartisan Ceair J. Baggett 6.8% 15,055
     Nonpartisan Mary Welsh Schlueter 6.2% 13,776
     Nonpartisan John Banner 5.5% 12,271
     Nonpartisan Jason Haap 5% 11,139
     Nonpartisan Curtis A. Wells 3.6% 7,933
Total Votes 222,549
Source: Hamilton County Board of Elections

Campaign themes


In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area, Bates explained how she would improve district schools:[4]

  • Ensure a high quality teacher in every classroom by providing ongoing professional development and accurate teacher evaluation. Excellent teachers energize and inspire students to do their best.
  • Provide an individual academic plan for each student based on individual needs and goals.
  • Support Community Learning Centers by encouraging partnerships. CLC's are making a difference in academic success for students and helping families be meaningfully involved.
  • Engage families and the community in prioritizing services for their children. In tough economic times, those closest to the students know what programs and services are most important.

What was at stake?

Incumbent Bates was the only current member of the board seeking re-election in 2013. Eileen Cooper Reed and Catherine Ingram did not file for election and Vanessa White is seeking a seat on the Cincinnati City Council. Bates faced eight other candidates for four available seats on the board.


The district is contending with changing state standards for public schools embodied in the annual Ohio School Report Cards. Cincinnati Public Schools scored a C on the 2012-2013 report for overall performance and only met 45.8% of the state's performance indicators. Superintendent Mary Ronan and board members support strong standards though there is a concern that charter and private schools are not measured by the same standards.[5]<sup id="cite_ref-<cite_reference_link_key_with_num>" class="reference">[6]</sup>

About the district

See also: Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Cincinnati Public Schools is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County and located in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 296,946 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.<sup id="cite_ref-<cite_reference_link_key_with_num>" class="reference">[7]</sup>


Cincinnati lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of median income and poverty rate while outpacing the state in higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 31% of Cincinnati residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Cincinnati had a median income of $34,104 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Cincinnati was 27.4% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.<sup id="cite_ref-<cite_reference_link_key_with_num>" class="reference">[7]</sup>

Racial Demographics, 2012<sup id="cite_ref-<cite_reference_link_key_with_num>" class="reference">[7]</sup>
Race Cincinnati (%) Ohio (%)
White 49.3 82.7
Black or African American 44.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 1.8 1.7
Two or More Races 2.5 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.8 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[8][9]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.5 46.1
2008 53 46
2004 47 52.5
2000 46.3 50.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[10] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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