Dublin Villager

Board, district officials praise Callender for service

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Dublin City School District Board of Education said goodbye to an eight-year member last week.

Board Member Gwen Callender did not run for re-election in the fall because she sought a municipal judgeship. Her judicial bid was unsuccessful.

Former Karrer Middle School Principal Rick Weininger will replace Callender on the board in January. He was elected to a four-year term in November.

Board Member Lynn May, who ran against Callender and others eight years ago said she's seen devotion from Callender.

"You based you decisions on what was best for the students, not on politics," May said to Callender.

"The true winners have really been the kids in this district," Treasurer Stephen Osborne said.

"Your heart is always in the right place when it comes to the kids," Osborne told Callender.

Board President Chris Valentine said he's seen Callender's dedication to community service and has made a good friend.

"She's not afraid of asking the tough questions and demand answers," he said.

Scott Melody thanked Callender for her service and knowledge, while Stu Harris reminisced about running against her eight years ago.

"It's been a wonderful experience to serve with you," Harris said.

Callender said she was very proud of the hirings that were done during her time on the board, especially former Superintendent David Axner, Osborne and current Superintendent Todd Hoadley.

"That's the biggest responsibility the board can have," Callender said.

Establishing the West Bridge Academy, getting the International Baccalaureate into all the high schools, the district's credit rating, senior council and passing levies were also noted among Callender's top accomplishments.

"I feel as a board member I am successful if the district is successful," she said.

"I'm extremely proud of the work this board has done over the past eight years."


Other matters

Sells Middle School science teacher Shon Holland was honored with a Golden Shamrock Award last week.

Holland, an eighth-grade science teacher was lauded by Principal Rich Baird for his dedication and teaching skills.

"If you have a two-minute conversation with him, you know he is exactly where he belongs," Baird said of Holland.

Also during the Dec. 9 meeting, Custodian Gary Hay was recognized for 10 years of service with Dublin City Schools.

Hay is retiring from work at Riverside Elementary School.

Coffman High School student Nicholas Sparling was honored for his Division I boys high school golf state championship title.

The Jerome High School Cross Country team of Brad Davis, Mitchell Leitch, Chase Stewart, Nicholas Jarvis, Jacob Mandel, Brian King and Nicholas Schleter was recognized for being the state runner up.