South-Western leaders mourning loss of school board member Robert Ragland, a ‘champion for students’ | #Education

South-Western City School District board member Robert W. Ragland Sr. died Dec. 23, according to a Dec. 24 news release from district.

He was 56.

Ragland, who was vice president of the school board, had served on the board since his appointment in 2016. He was elected to the seat in 2017 and reelected in 2019 to a term that was set to end Dec. 31, 2023.

He also was a trustee for the Ohio School Boards Association and previously had served as president of the board and the assistant director of education and the assistant director of diversity and inclusion for the Ohio PTA, according to the release.

Ragland was involved in the Franklin Heights High School PTA and band boosters, as well.

In the district news release, board President Cathy Johnson described Ragland as “a strong advocate, committed volunteer and champion for the students” of the district and said his “leadership has helped strengthen our schools both academically and financially.”

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