BACK TO SCHOOL: Weber’s goal is stability


Eight months after being hired and approaching his first full year as superintendent of the Wellington Schools, Ed Weber wants to say thank you.

“Thanks to school employees, students, parents, and community members,” he said. “With how many people that have filled this position in recent years, I understood initial apprehension when I got here and still understand it now.”

Other superintendents have said they were in Wellington to stay, but left. Weber said parents are bound to be apprehensive but hopes time heals some wounds.

He was hired in a 3-2 vote by the board of education last December, four months after the departure of Dennis Mock, who held the position for just over a year. Since 2005, the district has had eight superintendents, including those who filled the role on an interim or acting basis.

A “Kindergarten to College” night has been planned for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Westwood Elementary. It will showcase savings options for higher learning available through the Wellington Schools Endowment Fund.

For every six-month period, the fund will match 25 percent of contributions up to $1,000 that go into a “college advantage savings account.” The Wellington Kiwanis are also giving $50 to every family that opens an account.

On Sept. 15 just before Wellington High School’s home football game, the district will recognize kindergartners with Class of 2030 T-shirts and college pennants.

Tickets to that game could be free for Wellington families if sponsors are secured in time, Weber said.

“It’s my goal to open the gate and let everyone in for free,” he said. “We need $5,000 to cover gate fees. It looks like we have a sponsor but that’s not signed, sealed, and delivered yet. We want to push this event and get the community out there. We have colleges showing up who will have booths set up and many other participants.”

A two- to three-week summer learning program is being considered that would commence next July. It would be located in Lakeside, a private community in Ottawa County that regularly houses summer lectures and academic festivals.

“Lakeside brings in world class educators every year and we want to take advantage of that,” Weber said. “They run a summer school up there and people just want to go. It’s not a punishment. It would be summer school for whoever wants to come. It’s for any kid. We want to offer advanced programs as well as reinforcement and catch-up programs.”

Since arriving in Wellington, one of Weber’s top priorities has been trying to curb the number of students who open enroll out of the district and enticing those who’ve already left to return.

School visitations for open-enrolled Wellington students will be planned throughout the school year. Weber said those will be scheduled at the students’ convenience but he hopes most will fall during school hours.

“Come and catch the spirit,” he said. “We want you back. If they don’t want to come back, we honor that. We want to support their choices, but we want them to take another look. We’re sorry for things that turned you off before. Please check us out again.”

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

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Superintendent Ed Weber is set to begin his first full school year in Wellington. He and the district will host a “Kindergarten to College” night Sept. 13 at Westwood Elementary School followed by an appreciation ceremony two days later before the Dukes’ home football game.
http://www.thewellingtonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2017/08/web1_IMG_9754.jpgSuperintendent Ed Weber is set to begin his first full school year in Wellington. He and the district will host a “Kindergarten to College” night Sept. 13 at Westwood Elementary School followed by an appreciation ceremony two days later before the Dukes’ home football game.

Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise

By Jonathan Delozier

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