“I have submitted countless applicable ideas/suggestions but rarely received any responses or resulting in any discussion. So, I am trying a different approach by sitting on the board, where I may convince some of them of progressive, cost-effective changes and as a board member, will listen and respond to the public comments, as well as introduce those with merit into board discussions.”
Dolan hopes to help preserve the district’s reputation as a “highly respected educational institution.”
The school “is admired and held in high esteem by everyone in Clinton County. My goal would be to maintain this distinction.”
To do that, Dolan said, “we need to look for other sources to fund public education beside the property-tax levy.”
According to Goerlitz, schools are dealing with many issues related to the state-mandated Annual Professional Performance Reviews, Common Core Standards and Data Driven Instruction.
“I have been serving on committees to help in the implementation of these mandates and the development of a long-range plan to insure compliance with (State Education Department) requirements,” she said.
“I believe this is an enormous undertaking for schools because these mandates drive a large portion of our spending and budget. They are mandated by the state but not funded by it. These are things that have the most impact on students and education as a whole. Having these pieces all come together for our students, teachers and staff will be a large accomplishment.
“Continuing the work of the committees, providing staff development and training in target areas and implementation of the long-range district plan are the ways that I see accomplishing this goal,” Goerlitz said.
She added that health-insurance costs are another area of growing concern for the district.
“I would like to see the (School Board) work with the various unions to develop a plan that will meet the needs of the taxpayers, while giving employees options.