The Westland Area Commission (WAC) said farewell to one of its members last week as it prepares for elections May 4.
South-Western City Schools Deputy Superintendent Phil Warner told WAC members at their April 17 meeting that this was his last meeting as a member. Warner will retire from the district June 4 and therefore will no longer be the district's WAC liaison.
"I appreciate the relationship I have developed with the commission," Warner said. "I respect what you do and I applaud your efforts."
WAC Chairwoman Linda Pitts said the group appreciated all the school information he brought to the meetings.
Pitts also reminded everyone that elections for WAC positions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at the Westland Area Library in Lincoln Village Plaza, 4740 W. Broad St. Nominating petitions are available at the circulation desk at the library.
Warner said he leaves the commission with a new knowledge of how city government works.
"I have a better understanding of big city government and the challenges this commission has," he said.
In other business April 17, guest speaker Larry Price, who serves on Mayor Michael B. Coleman's education commission for improving Columbus City Schools, wanted feedback from WAC members about how to do this.
"This is a major initiative," Price said. "The reason I am here is to get ideas on how to make the school system better."
Commission members were given cards on which to write their suggestions and were encouraged to mail them in. Price said the commission is a partnership with the schools and is composed of community members from public, private and religious organizations in Columbus.
"We have captured 2,000 ideas across the city," he said. "Some of those ideas may be getting the business community involved. We need to get business to guy into these things and we need to figure out what to do about lack of parent involvement."
Price said he will continue to keep the WAC updated as the commission continues and finishes its work.
The Westland Area Commission meets the third Wednesday of the month; the public is welcome. The next WAC meeting is slated for 7 p.m. May 15 at OhioHealth Doctors West Hospital, 5100 W. Broad St.