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Mayor appoints new school board member

Mayor Frank G. Jackson has appointed attorney Kathleen Valdez to the Cleveland Board of Education.

She replaces Shaletha Mitchell, whose term expired. Valdez’s term will expire in 2023.

Valdez, a graduate of James F. Rhodes High School, is managing partner of K Legal LLC, a law firm she recently started. At K Legal, she advocates for the needs of parents and students with regard to school law and special education services. She also assists small businesses.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, political science and international studies from Case Western Reserve University. She also is a graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Valdez obtained teacher certification from the University of North Georgia and served as a middle school Spanish teacher and Teach for America corps member in Atlanta.

She continues to work in education through the Esperanza Alumni Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3R’s program and Legal Aid pro bono work.

She lives in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood with her husband and a daughter who is a CMSD student.

The mayor reappointed board members Louise P. Dempsey, Sara Elaqad, Jasmine Fryer and Denise W. Link.

By state law, the mayor appoints the members of the school board. School board members serve without pay.