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October 18, 2017

CPS Board of Education Names Timmons to Board

Mr. Lannis TimmonsCincinnati (OH) – Today Cincinnati Public School District Board of Education unanimously voted to select Mr. Lannis J. Timmons of Cincinnati to serve on the Board through December 31, 2019. Timmons was appointed to serve the remainder of the term formerly held by Mr. A. Chris Nelms, who passed away in September.

“As a former teacher and coach within Cincinnati Public Schools, Mr. Timmons brings a strong background in education and leadership to the Board,” said Ericka Copeland-Dansby, President of the Cincinnati Public School District Board of Education. “We are excited to appoint a candidate who has committed his career to supporting the education of our students.”

Timmons, a graduate of Woodward High School and Central State University, has been a teacher and coach in Cincinnati Public Schools. He first taught physical education at Sawyer Junior High School in 1976 to 1977, and Western Hills High School from 1998 to 2001. After a brief stint in Middletown, he returned to Western Hills in 1995 as the head basketball coach, where he was named “Coach of the Year” in 1999, 2000 and 2001. In 2003, he took his talents to Woodward High School, where he was a physical education teacher and head basketball coach. Timmons retired in 2013.

“As a retired school teacher and coach in the Cincinnati Public School District, I’m passionate about kids and education,” Timmons said. “I’m honored to work with those who now dedicate their time and talents to our school system, our children and our community.”


October 16, 2017

Join Us for a Tribute to A. Chris Nelms

A Tribute to Alton Chris Nelms, Cincinnati School Board Member and Civic Leader

Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education cordially invites the community to a tribute in memory of School Board Member A. Chris Nelms. We will honor his career and commitment to our community and our students. Remarks will be made by many who were touched by Nelms throughout his vibrant life, including former students, fellow board members, family and friends.

  • Monday, October 23, 2017
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Rosa Blackwell Interactive Learning Center in the Mary A. Ronan Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue (Corryville)

Note: The Cincinnati Board of Education will have their regularly-scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23. The hearing of the public will be suspended for this meeting, and the memorial will begin at 7:30 p.m


September 28, 2017

Cincinnati Board of Education Announces Process for Replacing Vacant Board Position

Cincinnati Board of EducationToday, the Cincinnati Board of Education announced it will appoint a replacement member to the Board on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, to complete the term of Chris Nelms, who passed away in September.

The Board outlined its procedures to solicit applications, conduct interviews, and engage the Cincinnati community in the appointment process, which must be done within thirty days of a vacancy according to Ohio Revised Code. The new member will serve the duration of Nelms’ term through December 2019, and is eligible to run for election in November 2019.

“We are seeking a qualified and committed pool of candidates who represent the diversity of the students in our district,” said Cincinnati Board of Education President Ericka Copeland-Dansby. “It is my personal hope and intent to identify a candidate to serve the remainder of Mr. Nelms’ term who embodies his tenacity, his spirit and his dedication to our community.”

Interested candidates may apply for the position by submitting an application and résumé starting at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 29. Applications must be received by the Board of Education Office no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5. Applicants are required to be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident and registered voter in the Cincinnati City School District. Application materials will be available on the Cincinnati Public Schools website at

The Board also invited the public to participate in a community survey to determine the top characteristics of a potential new board member. The Board will use this input in its deliberations for choosing the next member. The survey will remain open until Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, and the Board will release the results on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. The survey is available online.

Questions about the application can be directed to Phyllis Davis in the Board Office at