Dublin Villager

School board candidate

Former Karrer principal seeks seat on board

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Rick Weininger is a newcomer to political office, but he's no stranger to education.

The former Karrer Middle School principal is seeking his first term on the Dublin City School District Board of Education and is running unopposed along with incumbents Lynn May and Stu Harris.

"As I was finishing my school year, I had a lot of ideas and wanted to remain involved in the community," Weininger said.

"I was thinking about it a little while. It seemed like a logical course of action."

Weininger has been involved in the community outside his job with a spot on Dublin's Bicycle Advisory Task Force. He is also a Dublin Bicycle Ambassador, a volunteer position that came from the task force.

The former educator has lived in Dublin for 18 years with his wife Gabriel. Their son Joseph graduated from Dublin Coffman High School in 2003.

After retiring from 18 years with Dublin City Schools, Weininger is currently grant director for the Beginning Principals Mentorship Program. The program established by federal Race to the Top grants seeks to give Ohio highly-qualified leaders in schools.

"That's a one-year deal then I'll look for something else," Weininger said. "I'm looking for interesting things to help the state of Ohio."

Weininger has spent his entire career in education, starting with a year of teaching in Willard before teaching science in Hilliard. Weininger's career in administration began as assistant principal in the 7-12 building in Canal Winchester.

"I was the middle school principal there," he said. "Actually I was part of the team that created the middle school there.

"We were a small school district at the time. When I arrived there was a 7-12 building. I helped spearhead the effort to help create the middle school."

Education has been at the heart of Weininger's career because of its impact on people.

"I think that as educator you help move people forward and help them grow and develop," he said. "In the U.S., educators and people in education can be such an important part of that to help students and parents grow and accomplish great things."

Fiscal responsibility will be a goal for Weininger while on the board of education.

"I think that everybody that runs for a board seat should keep in mind the public interest," he said. "The leading public interest is making sure our money is well spent.

"I don't think the Dublin community is averse to spending funds if it's a valuable program or service to the school, but they want us to manage our money well."

Being an advocate for education will also be a focus for Weininger.

"Another thing is serving on the board, you can ... be a positive force for the community," he said.

"One of the things I always tried to do as a principal in Dublin is be visible and positive for Dublin schools and let people know education is important.

"As a board member you can do that for your entire community," Weininger said.

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