Tamara Bartley Appointed to Board of Education

Tamara Bartley Appointed to Board of Education

Today the Xenia Community Schools Board of Education appointed Mrs. Tamara Spahr Bartley to the one year seat vacated by the death of William "Bill" Spahr. Mrs. Bartley is the daughter of the late Mr. Spahr. She graduated from Xenia High School and has worked in the field of education for 20 years. Mrs. Bartley's husband, Matt Bartley, is an intervention specialist/social studies teacher at Xenia High School and he is the assistant football coach and the head track coach. Their children, Paxton and Payton, attend Xenia High School.


"While we recognize the legacy and attention to family history associated with the appointment of
Mrs. Bartley, we acknowledge her many years as a teacher in an elementary classroom, her
dedication and commitment to public education, and the depth of volunteerism she has given to
Xenia Community Schools throughout the years. We welcome her to the deliberative policy making process of the Board of Education," said Mrs. Cheryl Marcus, Xenia Community Schools Board of Education President.


For 24 years Mrs. Bartley has taught first grade for Fairborn City Schools. She also has many years experience volunteering for youth organizations in Xenia including operating the Xenia Wee Bucs Youth Wrestling Program and serving as President of the Xenia Touchdown Club.


"I have a desire and need to help children succeed and what better way to do that than to be one of the individuals that helps make the important decisions about a school district. Xenia is my home, is the home of my parents, and was the home of my grandparents. I want to see Xenia succeed and continue to grow in the right direction and I think I have the experience and knowledge to help make it happen," said Mrs. Bartley. "I have 24 years of experience in the classroom. I can speak honestly and from experience to help make decisions that directly impact the students and employees in Xenia."


Mrs. Bartley will serve the remainder of Mr. Spahr's term, which expires at the end of this year. If she wishes to remain on the Board of Education, she can run for the seat in the November election.


"We appreciate the effort and willingness of the nine community members who submitted
applications and participated in the interviews during this holiday season. We thank them and we welcome their voices and ideas as we continue our work to identify the future of education for the children of Xenia through the visioning process," Mrs. Marcus said.

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