Summit County Children Services Board of Trustees appoints new chairwomen

by Parker Perry | Reporter Published:

The Summit County Children Services Board of Trustees has appointed a new chairwoman.

Anna Arvay, who has been a member of the Board since 2009, was named to the position. She replaced former chairman Daniel Bell, who elected not to seek a two-year reappointment.

SCCS assists children who are in danger or are being abused. It is an epicenter where social workers take calls and sort through allegations -- all in the name of protecting kids.

Arvay said that the job was an honor to accept.

"It's humbling for sure," Arvay said. "I just hope that in at least some small way I can make an impact on a child's life."

As chairwoman, her duties include to ensure the organizations's budget is structured, advise and consider new policy changes and work with her colleagues to promote the service.

Arvay's term will run through December 2015. The position is volunteer.

She said that the biggest challenge facing the organization is the threat of decreased funding.

In the past several years, the Summit Country Children Services budget has decreased by millions of dollars. The organization depends on levies and state and federal money to operate and over time, all those revenue sources have continued to drop.

In 2011, levies raised $29 million. For 2014, they are only expected to raise $26 million, according to a SCCS official.

Arvay is confident, however, that the 2014 budget is sound and will be enough for the organization to fulfill its duties.

She served eight years on the board of trustees County of Summit Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health and then worked on the County of Summit Regional Arts and Cultural District Board of Trustees.

Email: pperry@recordpub.com

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