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Re-elected trio tout task forces, learning center

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Each of the three Hilliard school members re-elected last week said they are ready to spend the next four years improving the school district.

Paul Lambert, Andy Teater and Lisa Whiting all received more than 20 percent of the total votes cast, according to unofficial results Nov. 5 from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Their lone challenger, Brian Perry, also said he would continue working to improve the district, even though he was unsuccessful at the polls.

* Lambert, 59, drew 3,687 votes, or 24 percent of the total votes cast.

"I'm humbled to be returned to office and to continue serving the community," said Lambert, who will begin his second four-year term Jan. 1.

Lambert said he looks forward to carrying out the goals he outlined in his campaign, as well as involving the community as much as possible in endeavors to improve the district.

"We have a tradition of engaging our stakeholders (in significant district policies)," said Lambert, referring to past task forces that considered redistricting and the structure of the athletics department.

Lambert said he is "looking forward" to the convening of the two task forces Superintendent John Marschhausen outlined at his State of the Schools address last month.

One task force will create a district profile, or preferred criteria to maintain or achieve, and will be used in conjunction with state report cards as a barometer of success and quality; the other is a technology task force meant to establish policies concerning the education use of personal electronic devices.

"We also need to maintain discussions about (the services and infrastructure) we want in this district, and how much we are willing to spend (for desired amenities)," said Lambert, adding a task force could be created for such a purpose.

* Teater, 51, received 4,349 votes, or 28 percent of the votes cast.

He is the current board president and was elected to his third term.

"I'm humbled and thankful to be re-elected," Teater said. "(The voters) recognized we have the right experience and are moving in the right direction."

Aside from furthering the goals of the district, including the task forces Marschhausen introduced, Teater said he will strive to manage spending.

"I think our challenge will continue to be (receiving adequate) state funding," he said.

Teater said he is pleased with the McVey Innovative Learning Center, which opened this school year.

"We need to continue teaching our kids the way they need to learn," Teater said. "I am looking forward to the MILC being flexible enough to meet the changing needs of our students."

* Whiting, 51, led the field with 4,483 votes, or 29 percent of the votes cast.

She said she was "honored and privileged to be re-elected."

The current board vice president, Whiting will begin her second full term Jan. 1. She was appointed to the board in 2007.

Whiting said she was excited to be involved with the task forces and the development of the learning center.

"(The learning center) won't look the same way next year as it does today," Whiting said.

She said the center is meant to evolve to meet the needs of students, even year to year.

"We want to continually be innovative as we prepare our students for the future," Whiting said.

* Perry, 20, received 2,941 votes, or 19 percent.

A 2011 Hilliard Darby High School graduate and a full-time student at Capital University, Perry pledged he remain active in the district as his academic schedule allows.

Perry said he plans to attend a board meeting or otherwise present to board members an anti-bullying policy that would grant students an automatic transfer to another school if necessary to avoid harassment.

"I will continue to do what I can to help our district," Perry said.

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