A first-time candidate is stepping forward to run for Wellington’s school board.
Dan Rosecrans was hands-down the first candidate to file for the job, submitting paperwork to the Lorain County Board of Elections back in April.
Although he’s never run for any position before, he feels someone must step up and make a change in the school system.
Last school year, the board of education voted to cut 27 teachers and various other programs to avoid a $2.4 million deficit it faced.
Rosecrans has two daughters at Wellington High School and is worried his youngest, who will be a freshman this year, won’t finish her schooling in Wellington if changes aren’t made.
“I think we need to improve our communications with the public and residents of the school district and I don’t think this board has always done that in the best way possible and I think I can help change that,” he said. “I’m only one person. I’m only one vote. But I can put forward the effort and changes to get other people to be more open with the public.”
Rosecrans also wants to see academics improve.
“We have to make the best choices that we can so we can use every dollar that we can toward the education of the kids,” he said.
Rosecrans has some experience in education but doesn’t claim to be a teacher. As a police officer, he’s taught everything from Safety Town-aged kids to police academy trainees for more than 20 years.
Although he’s started passing out business cards, Rosecrans said he hasn’t really started campaigning yet. He’s waiting to see who else steps up to run and is hopeful others do.
Rosecrans said he’s had several people approach him to offer support.
The deadline to file to seek office was after our press deadline Wednesday.
Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.
Dan Rosecrans is making his first attempt at running in an election and hopes to earn a seat on the school board.