WCS BOE swears in new members
Last Tuesday, three WCS Board of Education members were sworn in as a result of last November’s elections.
Sue Herman, William Gantz, and Dr. Michael Knapic rose their right hands and swore to uphold the values set forth by the state of Ohio. Gantz and Knapic are returning members, while Herman is beginning her first term as a school board member.
In addition to being elected to the board, Knapic and Marlar were voted BOE president and vice president respectively.
“Probably the biggest [change] is running the meetings, and having good understanding of all the procedural requirements of running the meeting… And, I probably work most closely in terms of day to day discussion, emails, etc. with the superintendent, as compared to a regular board member,” Knapic said.
In addition to the new board members’ duties, each of the three were elected as either a committee liaison, representative or alternate representative.
Each member had inspiration to run for office, and now, each of them have goals for their upcoming terms.
Herman, a former teacher, expressed she feels strongly about listening to teachers.
“I would like to see more curricular decisions, more instructional decisions placed in the hands of the teachers. I want to see more trust put in our teachers. We have excellent teachers in our district, people who care passionately about the students that they teach, and we need to hear them,” Herman said.
Gantz, the Property Liaison, has several projects he would like to complete, such as a new roof for Edgewood.
As president of the BOE, Knapic said he has several goals for his next term: to advance educational quality, to meet the new demands in standardized testing and to continue to pay attention to and safeguard taxpayer money.