Tim DuFau joins school board

Timothy G. DuFau, a 36-year resident of the New Richmond Exempted Village School District who has held management and training positions for Duke Energy, was sworn in Aug. 4 to fill the unexpired term of the late Dave Hawkins on the NREVSD Board of Education.

DuFau, who currently manages all maintenance activities and resources for Duke’s three Cincinnati area generation facilities, will serve the 17 months remaining on the term of Mr. Hawkins, who died July 10 after serving 22 years on the board. He was selected by board members Kim Hayden, Kevin Walriven, Anthony Farmer and Kristin Bennett from 14 people who applied for the vacancy.

NREVSD treasurer administers the oath of office to Tim DuFau.
“I’ve lived in New Richmond School district for the past 36 years and have participated in many volunteer organizations throughout my life,” said DuFau. “My appointment to the Board provides me another opportunity to serve the community that I live in and I’m grateful for it.”

DaFau ran for the school board in 1997 and narrowly missed being elected. He did not run again due to positions with Duke Energy that required extensive travel.

“Now that my job no longer requires me to travel, I've been considering running again for a position on the board,” said DuFau. “My wife (Teresa) and I have raised two sons in the New Richmond school system and now have grandchildren entering into it.  I will work hard to insure all our children receive the best education they can while being financially responsible.”

A 1978 graduate of Bethel-Tate High School and a member of the first graduating class at the U.S. Grant Joint Vocational School, DuFau began his work career as a maintenance repairman for then Cincinnati Gas & Electric and advanced into training and management positions with Cinergy and now Duke Energy. 
His volunteer efforts include:

•           Volunteer New Richmond firefighter - 1976 - 1995 of which several years at officer levels up to Assistant Fire Chief.
•           Knothole coach for 14 years
•           Free Store Food Bank volunteer - 2010 - 2014
•           Lead the effort to obtain several grants from Duke Energy for many improvement around the New Richmond Elementary School building including landscaping and outdoor patio tables & umbrellas outside of the office area.
•           Volunteered for Literacy night at New Richmond Elementary for past 3 yrs.
•           Participated in and coordinated numerous Ohio River Sweep projects.
•           Participated in two different River Sweeps on the Little Miami River from a canoe from Loveland to Milford.
•           Participated in numerous Adopt a Highway projects along SR 749, US 52 & US 756.
•           Served as one of the founding members of the Monroe Township Zoning Appeals Board for 2 years.
•           Taught Junior Achievement classes at New Richmond Middle School for 5 years.
•           Volunteered as Buddy Walk participant in 2013.

•           Participated in races to raise money for childhood disorders.

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