Board of Education Members

An image of the 2022-2023 Board of Education Members. with the text: "Thank You, Board Members!"


Mrs. Vella King (term Expires 12/31/2025)


Mrs. King graduated from Shelby Senior High School and North Central State College with a degree in Computer Science. She is retired from Grange Insurance Company, where she worked in the IT department in various roles, including her last position as a web development project leader. She is a 4H advisor and an OSU Master Gardener volunteer at Secrest Arboretum. In addition to volunteering with youth and gardening, her hobbies include reading, knitting and paper crafts.

She is married to David King and they have two children, Jeremy, a 1991 graduate of Hillsdale High School, and Jessica, a 1995 graduate of Hillsdale High School. They have three grandchildren who reside in the district: Caleb, a 2021 graduate, Gabe, a senior at HHS, and Julia, an 8th grader at HMS. Mrs. King's grandchildren are the reason she first chose to run for the Hillsdale Board of Education in 2013. At that time, the district was in fiscal caution, had a reduction-in-force in staff and had cut programs. "This was not the school I wanted my grandchildren or any other students to attend. From 2014 to the present, Hillsdale has come a long way, thanks to the teamwork of the board, staff, students and the community," Mrs. King said.

Mr. John Cutlip (Term Expires 12/31/2023)
Mr. John Cutlip
Board Member


Mr. Cutlip was appointed to the BOE in 2019. He serves on the Small School District Advisory Board. 

His mother and father both graduated from Jeromesville. He graduated from Hillsdale in 1986 and his wife Heidi graduated in 1988. Both of their children, Ashley and Adam, graduated from Hillsdale, also. 

He has been serving the Falcon community at the Jeromesville Fire Department since 1988 and wanted to further his service to the area by aiding our school district now as a board member. He has also worked for the City of Wooster since 2001 as a firefighter/paramedic.

He enjoys golfing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Nicholas Atterholt (term expires 12/31/2025)
Vice-President; Legislative Liaison (OSBA)


Mr. Atterholt, a 2006 graduate of Hillsdale High School, has been serving on Hillsdale's School Board since 2016. He has held the vice presidency since 2019 and acted as the Legislative Liaison and Capital Conference delegate since 2016. He is a practicing attorney and college professor. He attended Hillsdale from kindergarten through graduation. His grandmother is a graduate of the Jeromesville School, his father is a Hillsdale graduate, and his mother taught at Hillsdale for over 30 years. He attended The Ohio State University after high school and went to the University of Cincinnati for Law School. He has lived in the district since 2013, moving back after law school.

Mrs. Amy Jarvis (Term expires 12/31/2023)
Board Member; Student Achievement Liaison OSBA


Mrs. Jarvis was elected to the Board in 2020 and is currently the Board's Student Achievement Liaison. She comes from a long line of Hillsdale graduates. Both sets of her grandparents graduated from Hayesville or Jeromesville schools. Her parents are graduates of Hillsdale, as well, and Mrs. Jarvis is a 1997 graduate. She is married to Jeremy and they have one child, Reece. In their free time, they enjoy spending time with family and friends. 

Mr. Kenneth Schuck (term expires 12/31/2025)
Board Member


Mr. Schuck graduated in 1987 from Ashland High School and the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1989. He has been employed at Ashland Tractor Sale for 24 years, where he has been parts manager for 14 years. He served on the Hillsdale School Board from 2001 until 2014. He was re-elected this fall, assuming his duties in 2022. He is a Life Member of the National FFA Alumni and a Past Ohio FFA Alumni President. Mr. Schuck is a member of the Hayesville Lions Club and has served as Ohio Lions District 2 Second and First Vice District Governor and was District Governor for 2019-2020. He recently completed his year as Ohio Lions Council Chairman, which is the presiding officer for the state Lions organization. He and his wife Darlene live in the Hillsdale School District with their son Michael and daughter Stephanie. The family raises beef, sheep, hay and straw on the family farms.