Upper Arlington News

School board starts year with Saturday workshop

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

New members Carol Mohr and Matt McClellan will be sworn in at the Upper Arlington Board of Education's first meeting of the year.

School board members will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, for a board workshop at the central office, 1950 North Mallway Drive.

The annual organizational meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, also at the central office.

Karen Truett, district director of communication, said the discussion part of the workshop will include basic information about the district's efficiency project and future projects such as the new strategic plan and quality profile.

"Basically, it is an opportunity to make sure our new board members are up to speed on the bigger projects," she said.

The efficiency project is an effort to trim the district budget by $4.5 million by the summer of 2017.

The quality profile is an effort to let the community decide what programs they will support and the standards they believe are important to measure the quality of the school district.

McClellan said Superintendent Paul Imhoff and Treasurer Andy Geistfeld have "done an excellent job setting up meetings for Carol and me to get to know the district's executive staff."

"The meetings were incredibly valuable in understanding district operations, as well as the incredible depth of experience that Paul and Andy have on their executive team," McClellan said. "Carol and I will be sworn in prior to this Saturday's work session, so that we can participate from the first meeting of the year."

He said there will also be a ceremonial swearing-in at the board meeting Jan. 13.

"I am looking forward to getting started in my new role as a school board member," he said.

Mohr said she has also enjoyed recent meetings with administrators and staff members at the central office and in the school buildings.

"I have enjoyed learning about the specific roles each administrator fills and I look forward to working closely with them in my committee work this year," she said. "We have very talented and qualified people working for our students in Upper Arlington and I am excited to be a part of the team."

Mohr said the district has some big challenges ahead.

"We have $4.5 million in savings to find for the efficiency project, while not affecting student experience," she said. "Personally, I have a lot to learn and I appreciate being able to work with our experienced school board members Stacey Royer, Robin Comfort and Nancy Drees.

"I hope to make a difference for our schools in making sure our results match up with the best in the nation," she said.

Information about district initiatives is available online at uaschools.org.

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