Longtime Kettering school board member steps down



Longtime Kettering board of education member and former President Jim Ambrose has stepped down.

Ambrose, 75, made his decision after nearly 11 years on the Kettering board, the district announced Friday.

The attorney was appointed to the school board in December 2012 after finishing third in a race for two seats the year before, records show.



“In my line of work,” he told the Dayton Daily News then, “I see that those who are educated have far less trouble with the law. Those who are educated also have far more opportunities. There is a correlation between those who do well in their adult lives and those who did well academically.”

Ambrose has been “steadfast in his commitment to always putting our students at the forefront of every decision,” Toby Henderson, who replaced Ambrose as president, said in the announcement.

“His passion for doing his part to ensure Kettering City Schools remains excellent was never in doubt,” Henderson added. “Jim’s contributions to our district will be missed, and we wish him well in his retirement.”

Ambrose was first elected in 2013, finishing second among unopposed candidates for three seats, Montgomery County Board of Elections records show.

He finished second in 2017 among four candidates for those same seats and was re-elected four years later, according to the county.

Ambrose has lived in Kettering since 1983.

Kettering’s board is accepting applications to fill the seat. The chosen candidate individual must run this November to fill the unexpired term, according to the district.

Resumes and letters of interest must be submitted to ketteringboe.applications@ketteringschools.org no later than 5 p.m. June 9, according to the district.

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