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Jackson Local welcomes Tonya Wright to school board

Patricia Faulhaber
Suburbanite correspondent
Tonya Wright

JACKSON TWP. The Jackson Local Schools Board of Education has a new board member to replace Katrina Barton who resigned her position on May 26.

Tonya Wright was one of 13 who applied for the board position and she was appointed by the board during the June 23 regular board meeting. She has a track record dedicated to servant leadership in Jackson Township and Stark County.

Wright graduated high school from Tuscarawas Valley in Bolivar. She went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and organizational communications in 1992. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from Kent State University in 2000, while working full time.

She has served in various corporate leadership roles, most recently product marketing manager at Diebold-Nixdorf. She also was an adjunct instructor at Stark State College in the business department.

Much of the last 20 years, Wright has served in many leadership capacities with nonprofit organizations. She, along with her husband, Mark, was co-chair of the United Way of Greater Stark County’s annual campaign in 2019. Since 2000, she has been a member of the Women’s Board of Aultman Hospital, including chair of the organization’s Angel Auction in 2012.

She has chaired several committees as a volunteer with the Sauder Elementary Parent-Teacher Group. Wright has worked with booster clubs at Jackson High School, including softball and JAGS.

Wright and her husband have two daughters who are Jackson Local students. Anna Wright is in incoming sophomore and Ava Wright is an incoming seventh grader. The family has two King Charles Spaniels, Rudy and Lue.

“I’ve been working with the schools through groups like the booster clubs and volunteering in the elementary schools,” Wright said. “I’m just so impressed with the district and I wanted to get more involved. There is nothing more important than getting involved with the schools.”

Wright stressed that the area is “fortunate to have a school district like Jackson Local Schools,” Wright said. “The board members are strong community minded members with business savvy. All the members have many ties to the community and are involved in other boards and in other ways in the community. They are all highly professional and want to do what’s best for students and teachers.”

Wright’s term will go until the end of 2021 at which time she is planning to run for the position.