The 30-plus new committee members met for the first time Sept. 30 for an open discussion with Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s superintendent of public instruction.
Willard Superintendent Jeff Ritz shared the talks entailed identifying different topics and issues in education, including what barriers exist in the way of improvement, key indicators of common barriers, attributes of an improving school district and different ways to address some of those issues.
“I was honestly impressed,” he said. “(You’re) listening to the other superintendents — of small and large districts — from around the state, talk about some things their schools are doing and how they’re going about doing them.”
The Ohio Department of Education and Buckeye Association for School Administrators sponsored a summer session for administrators to improve their schools, which is reportedly where the organization found the committee members.
“The (voluntary) board selects members with a willingness to participate in improvement processes,” Ritz said.
With the next meeting slated for December, Ritz said he’s looking forward to what he’ll learn, and in turn what Willard, will gain through these sessions.
“It’s great to hear about and pick each other’s brains to see what things could be taken back and used for our own schools.”