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Attorney named to open school board seat

Mayor Frank G. Jackson has appointed attorney Justin Monday to an open seat on the Cleveland Board of Education.

Monday, 33, of Cleveland, will serve a term that expires on June 30, 2019. He replaces Erika Abrams, who did not seek reappointment.

The mayor, who is authorized by state law to appoint school board members, selected Monday from among 10 finalists referred to him by a nominating panel. Twenty applicants sought the position.

Monday is an associate with the law firm of Gallagher Sharp. He and his wife, Chaundra, have two children, a son who is a first-grader with the District, and a 2-year-old daughter.

“I don’t know of anything that we do as a society that is more important than education,” he said before being sworn in by the mayor on the Friday at City Hall. “Public education is important to me.”

Monday grew up in Memphis and came to Ohio in 2005 to work as deputy finance director in Sherrod Brown’s first campaign for the U.S. Senate. He later worked as a development consultant for the Fund for Our Economic Future.

The mayor reappointed board Chair Denise Link, Vice Chair Louise Dempsey and members Shaletha Mitchell and Stephanie Morales to new four-year terms.  Four other board members are serving terms that continue through 2017.