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Ruth and her UA Bear daughters

Ruth is Winning!

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Her Story

Meet Ruth
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Before moving to Upper Arlington in 2009, Ruth had been active in central Ohio as a community and civil rights advocate for more than 20 years. Twice she ran for public office, Columbus City Council and Columbus Board of Education. She was elected, president of the Columbus Branch of the NAACP, served as president of the Coalition of Concerned Black Citizens, was vice-chair of Livingston Avenue Collaborative for Community Development and appointed by Columbus mayor to the Near East Area Commission. Ruth’s two daughters Madison and Olivia McNeil both graduated from UA schools, class of 2014 and 2016 respectively. Ruth is married to George Edmonds, a public high school science teacher.

HER UA COMMUNITY SERVICE                          

Ruth has been active in UA community life as a 

  • Board member of UA Education Foundation 

  • Member of UA Rotary

  • Graduate of Leadership UA 

  • Steering committee for UA LifeWise Academy

Ruth was hired by the Upper Arlington Public Library as its first Community Relations Manager with the assignment to restore the trust and responsive relationship the Upper Arlington community had always enjoyed with the local public library. During her tenure at the UA Public Library Ruth coordinated several community collaborative events including the Community Quilt exhibit commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Library, co-founding the Volunteer UA initiative promoting volunteerism with the many community-serving organizations in UA, and collaborated with the UA schools, community organizations and the city in the citywide partnership celebration of the 50th anniversary of the literary work “To Kill A Mockingbird”. 

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Her A.S.A.P.! Commitment


  • Focus on fundamentals: literacy and arts, history and geography, math and science, government and technology


  • Encouraging Competitive sports

  • Celebrating Award-winning arts

  • Inspiring Student clubs

  • Enriching Community service


  • Public input and transparency in building expansion and expenditures

  • Parent input and transparency in significant culture and values-based training, services, and resources paid to or in-kind donated by outside contractors, service providers, and/or agencies.


  • Transparency and full disclosure in the curriculum 

  • Transparency and full disclosure in specials

  • Opt-outs for non-state required instruction and activities

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