Get to Know the Members of the GJPS Board of Education

Posted: 1/7/2019 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Get to Know the Members of the GJPS Board of Education

GJPS School Board MembersJanuary is National Board of Education Recognition Month so what better time to get to know the members of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Board of Education and how they help the district thrive. 

We interviewed our school board members to learn more and why community members and parents may want to add an upcoming meeting to their calendar.

Why should parents/community members attend school board meetings? 
“It’s a great way to find out what’s going on in our district and for them to add their perspective to the conversations. In addition to our regular monthly board meetings, we have three standing board committees where we have in-depth discussion about district-wide issues. We publish agendas ahead of time, so if you’re interested in a particular topic we’ll be discussing, coming to a committee meeting is a fantastic opportunity to get more information about that topic. 

We have so many buildings and so many wonderful things going on in the district, it can be really difficult to keep track. Coming to our meetings provides great insight into the district. Our schools belong to our community, so we really want to hear your voice!”
- Beryl Brown Piccolantonio, GJPS School Board President

On What kinds of topics does the school board discuss and make decisions?
“The school board has the responsibility to establish the vision for the district, maintain a strong organizational structure that encourages innovative learning, provide accountability to the public, and serve as an advocate for families and children throughout the community. In Gahanna, our school board focuses on building relationships with students, parents and the community to ensure that learning is our most important investment and priority. 

We discuss long-range planning for curriculum, technology, and capital improvements. Specific examples include the roll-out of the new “Fundations” curriculum district-wide after an extensive pilot period, the overwhelming success of integrating new classes like sign language into the high school and supporting the 1:1 technology initiative district-wide.

"It is challenging to prioritize the long list of capital improvements necessary to create an exceptional learning environment – some of which are easy to see like the Middle School West auditorium and new high school turf - and others that are necessary, but hidden behind the walls, like the new HVAC systems. It is exciting to see the vision for a new Lincoln Elementary unfold and plan for physical improvements to classroom space throughout the district take shape. It is a great privilege to meet in committee and discuss the ideas that our dedicated administrators and teachers are doing to fulfill our vision.”
- Jennifer Chrysler, GJPS School Board Member 

Explain the school board committees. Can community members also attend these meetings?   
“Our school board has three permanent committees –

1. The Finance committee delves into the details of the financial reports and all district updates related to revenues and expenditures. We are committed to being responsible stewards of the revenue we receive from the taxpayers.

2. The Student Learning and Achievement committee is focused on our district’s education curriculum-based endeavors. In the past, we’ve discussed Fundations which is a phonics-based curriculum for Kindergartners and first graders, changes to the high school class offerings, the metrics of our state report card and more.

3. The Policy and Governance committee is tasked with keeping the district’s bylaws and policies effective and up-to-date. The committee responds to changes with Ohio or federal laws or internal circumstances.

The committees are the forums where the board members dissect and analyze the items that are voted on during the monthly general board meetings. It’s where most of the questions are answered, and concerns are addressed. Although all the committee meetings are audio-recorded, I’d encourage community members to attend.”
- Matthew Campbell, GJPS School Board Member

Explain why you wanted to be on the school board. Why is it important for you to be involved?
“I decided to run for the school board because I believe that education is fundamental to developing contributing citizens able to achieve economic success for themselves and their families. I think that I can contribute to improving the culture while adding a financially-minded skill set to the board.

Finally, I learned from my parents that school and community involvement is important as a responsible and caring adult. Serving on the school board affects the educational opportunity of thousands of young people in our district - and I take that very seriously.”
- Daphne Moehring, GJPS School Board Vice President

What is the most meaningful experience you have had so far as a school board member?
"My most memorable experience is seeing the community come together and pass the much need school levy. The community spoke loud, letting everyone know we are committed to our student. It was a great thing to see."
- Bryan Hairston, GJPS School Board Member

 

 

Get to Know the Members of the GJPS Board of Education

Posted: 1/7/2019 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Get to Know the Members of the GJPS Board of Education

GJPS School Board MembersJanuary is National Board of Education Recognition Month so what better time to get to know the members of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Board of Education and how they help the district thrive. 

We interviewed our school board members to learn more and why community members and parents may want to add an upcoming meeting to their calendar.

Why should parents/community members attend school board meetings? 
“It’s a great way to find out what’s going on in our district and for them to add their perspective to the conversations. In addition to our regular monthly board meetings, we have three standing board committees where we have in-depth discussion about district-wide issues. We publish agendas ahead of time, so if you’re interested in a particular topic we’ll be discussing, coming to a committee meeting is a fantastic opportunity to get more information about that topic. 

We have so many buildings and so many wonderful things going on in the district, it can be really difficult to keep track. Coming to our meetings provides great insight into the district. Our schools belong to our community, so we really want to hear your voice!”
- Beryl Brown Piccolantonio, GJPS School Board President

On What kinds of topics does the school board discuss and make decisions?
“The school board has the responsibility to establish the vision for the district, maintain a strong organizational structure that encourages innovative learning, provide accountability to the public, and serve as an advocate for families and children throughout the community. In Gahanna, our school board focuses on building relationships with students, parents and the community to ensure that learning is our most important investment and priority. 

We discuss long-range planning for curriculum, technology, and capital improvements. Specific examples include the roll-out of the new “Fundations” curriculum district-wide after an extensive pilot period, the overwhelming success of integrating new classes like sign language into the high school and supporting the 1:1 technology initiative district-wide.

"It is challenging to prioritize the long list of capital improvements necessary to create an exceptional learning environment – some of which are easy to see like the Middle School West auditorium and new high school turf - and others that are necessary, but hidden behind the walls, like the new HVAC systems. It is exciting to see the vision for a new Lincoln Elementary unfold and plan for physical improvements to classroom space throughout the district take shape. It is a great privilege to meet in committee and discuss the ideas that our dedicated administrators and teachers are doing to fulfill our vision.”
- Jennifer Chrysler, GJPS School Board Member 

Explain the school board committees. Can community members also attend these meetings?   
“Our school board has three permanent committees –

1. The Finance committee delves into the details of the financial reports and all district updates related to revenues and expenditures. We are committed to being responsible stewards of the revenue we receive from the taxpayers.

2. The Student Learning and Achievement committee is focused on our district’s education curriculum-based endeavors. In the past, we’ve discussed Fundations which is a phonics-based curriculum for Kindergartners and first graders, changes to the high school class offerings, the metrics of our state report card and more.

3. The Policy and Governance committee is tasked with keeping the district’s bylaws and policies effective and up-to-date. The committee responds to changes with Ohio or federal laws or internal circumstances.

The committees are the forums where the board members dissect and analyze the items that are voted on during the monthly general board meetings. It’s where most of the questions are answered, and concerns are addressed. Although all the committee meetings are audio-recorded, I’d encourage community members to attend.”
- Matthew Campbell, GJPS School Board Member

Explain why you wanted to be on the school board. Why is it important for you to be involved?
“I decided to run for the school board because I believe that education is fundamental to developing contributing citizens able to achieve economic success for themselves and their families. I think that I can contribute to improving the culture while adding a financially-minded skill set to the board.

Finally, I learned from my parents that school and community involvement is important as a responsible and caring adult. Serving on the school board affects the educational opportunity of thousands of young people in our district - and I take that very seriously.”
- Daphne Moehring, GJPS School Board Vice President

What is the most meaningful experience you have had so far as a school board member?
"My most memorable experience is seeing the community come together and pass the much need school levy. The community spoke loud, letting everyone know we are committed to our student. It was a great thing to see."
- Bryan Hairston, GJPS School Board Member