|Board Member, Toledo Public Schools, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
Varwig is a product of TPS schools, and also raised a daughter that graduated from TPS. She is an active community volunteer, having previously served as Girl Scout leader, Chess Club adviser, lunchroom helper and tutor, among other duties. She has also served as President of the following organzations: TPS Parent Congress, a districtwide parent advocacy group, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Beverly Elementary and Byrnedale Junior High and the Bowsher High School Boosters.
- See also: Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)
|Toledo Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Bob Vasquez Incumbent||19.3%||16,715|
|Nonpartisan||Randall Parker III||10.8%||9,333|
|Source: Lucas County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Lucas County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
Varwig was endorsed by the Toledo Federation of Teachers; Toledo Association of Administrative Personnel; AFSCME; UAW; NOW Building & Construction Trades including IBEW Local 8, Sheet Metal Local 33, Cement Masons Local 886, Plumbers/Fitters Local 50, Roofers Local 134; AFL-CIO; and Teamsters.
In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Varwig stated the following when asked about her campaign priorities:
What are the three most crucial issues — in order of importance — facing TPS? What would you do as a board member to address the issues you identify?
TPS currently has a renewal levy on the ballot that will raise approximately $16 million annually for five years, or about the annual savings that can be obtained by implementing the performance audit recommendations. Why should the TPS renewal levy be approved by voters?
Ohio statutes require that TPS teachers and principals have regular performance evaluations with student performance on standardized tests a component of the evaluation. Should teachers and principals be held directly accountable for student performance in their individual performance evaluations? Why or why not?
Ohio is currently implementing national standards regarding the skills and knowledge all students need for success, referred to as the “Common Core.” Why do you support or oppose the adoption of these standards?
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only one of the three incumbents filed for re-election. Voters also decided in favor of a $6.5 million levy for the district.
About the district
- See also: Toledo Public Schools, Ohio
In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Lucas County underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 87.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $41,949 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 19.5%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.
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- Kevin Moore Toledo Free Press, "School Board Candidate Profile: Chris Varwig," published October 24, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Lucas County," Accessed October 21, 2013
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- Lucas County Board of Elections, "Historic Election Results," accessed October 21, 2013