Winton Woods Board of Education Elects New Officers

Winton Woods Board of Education President Dr. Viola Johnson (seated left) and Vice-President Katrina Rugless are shown with members (standing, l-r) Dr. John Cuppoletti. Paula Kuhn and Jeff Berte.

Dr. Viola Johnson, a member of the Winton Woods board of education since 2014, was elected board president at the organizational meeting on Tuesday, January 14. Board member Katrina Rugless, who has served since 2016, was elected vice-president.

Dr. Viola Johnson and her husband, Ronald, have lived in the Winton Woods School District since 1986. They have four Winton Woods graduates. Dr. Johnson has worked in administrative and professorial roles with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College for the past 29 years. She also worked as a buyer for General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati and was also an educator and academic administrator at Essex College of Business in the state of New Jersey. Dr. Johnson earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Education from West Virginia Institute of Technology, Master’s degree in PM/Deaf Studies from St. Thomas University, and Doctorate in Education from the Union Institute and University.

“As an educator with over 35 years of experience, I believe that every student can learn and my motto is, ‘When a learner is ready, a teacher will appear,’” said Johnson. “I am dedicated to supporting initiatives which create an atmosphere that empowers students to pursue life-long educational and career goals while developing professionally. It is my belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to learn, and I place a high value on developing relationships that build a culture of high expectations and excellence. Emphasis on student development, training, and college readiness starts in elementary school. Developing partnerships with school administrators, educators, community members, students, parents, and area employers is critical to building pipelines of enriched educational experiences for the students at Winton Woods City Schools. It is an honor and a privilege to work with the other members of the school board on behalf of all of the stakeholders of this great school district.”

Mrs. Katrina Rugless has been a resident of the school district for over 17 years. With over 20 years of diverse educational experiences from serving as a head start pre-school teacher to a college administrator supporting disadvantaged students, Mrs. Rugless has a passion for academic excellence and accountability. Before being elected to the board of education, she actively participated in various district initiatives to support student achievement and community engagement including serving as the Winton Woods Community PTA vice president and being a member of the Winton Woods High School Building Leadership Team and was an active member on the State Superintendent Parent Advisory Council.

Johnson and Rugless are joined on the 2019 Board of Education by members Jeff Berte, Paula Kuhn, and Dr. John Cuppoletti. 

School board members are elected at large for four-year terms. A member may serve unlimited consecutive terms. The officers that serve in the capacity of president and vice president serve a term of one year and may be re-elected to that position.

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