New committees to bridge gap between schools, community

Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock talks to the board of education about the committees he wants to create this fall.

Creating new committees and continuing existing ones is how Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock plans to bridge the gap between the community and the school system this fall.

He presented his recommendations to the school board at its meeting Monday evening.

The board voted unanimously in favor of Mock’s proposal and every board member signed up for at least two committees immediately following the discussion.

The 12 committees include athletic council, curriculum and technology, finance, endowment foundation, library and park, maintenance, Ohio School Boards Association liaison, Lorain County JVS board, NEOLA policy, public relations, safe schools, and wellness.

Most of the committees Mock proposed were also used at his prior district. He said they improved communication between the community, school employees, and the school board.

“It was a liaison to get information out and to receive information and sort of set goals and the vision for that school year,” he said.

Mock wants to have two board members on each committee just in case one isn’t able to attend.

The rest of each committee will be made up of school staff and residents of the school system.

Mock said the district will do some recruiting and ask people to join specific committees, but anyone interested in taking part and making suggestions is welcome.

Experts are needed to give input, too. For example, Mock said he’ll reach out to local bankers to see whether they’re interested in joining the finance committee.

The committees will launch this September. Some will meet monthly and others quarterly.

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