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Jessica Wright is stepping down as Stow-Munroe Falls school board president

Jessica Wright will resign as president of the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools Board of Education, effective Aug. 14.

Nancy Brown, who currently serves as the school board’s vice president, will take over as president that day.

Wright was elected president in January 2021, and her term would have expired Jan. 1, 2024. Wright did not respond to requests from The Spotlight for comment, but another report suggests she is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Wright works in Summit County Domestic Relations Court as a mediator and has lived in Stow since 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Akron’s School of Law.

“Jessica has done such a great job serving our schools and our students during her time with us on the Board of Education,” Stow-Munroe Falls Superintendent Tom Bratten said.

“She is a person of great honor and integrity, and I have no doubt she will excel in her new role. While we will certainly miss Jessica as a part of our Board of Education, I don’t foresee a single missed step as this board is strong and ready to tackle things head-on for the betterment of our schools, our students and their families.”

Brown has lived in Stow for 30 years and works as the Admissions and Marketing Coordinator at The Arbors at Stow, a long-term care facility for adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“Jessica Wright is irreplaceable,” Brown said. “She is the consummate professional and has served the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District extremely well. I will strive to lead the Board of Education with as much steady dignity as she did, and if I do it right no one will know the difference. My focus as board president will remain unchanged; that is, to ensure that every student in our district receives a quality education in a safe environment.”

A native of Washington Court House, Ohio, Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Otterbein College and a master’s degree in journalism and communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

“Nancy will undoubtedly transition seamlessly into the role of president and lead this board with the same knowledge and cohesion she has since she started with us,” Bratten said. “We are excited to welcome a new face to the group and will begin that process very soon. I look forward to the work that we will be accomplishing this school year.”