The Dover Area school board has made the decision to streamline its committee structure, taking the number of meetings from 10 to three.
The board voted last week to set up three governance committees, which will cover the major focuses of the school district.
The committees are academic, safe and supportive schools, and human and fiscal resource allocation and stewardship.
The board's vote was despite a suggestion from Acting Superintendent Jason Conway to hold off on the idea until the district hires a new superintendent.
"The new superintendent might not be supportive of this, and it could tie their hands," Conway said. "I suggest you wait. Then the school board president and the new superintendent could discuss what's best for governance of this board."
Moving forward: However, board member Kristen Ventre — who said she wants Conway to be the district's next superintendent — told Conway that she is confident in his governance plan and still wanted to move forward with it.
Board member Julie Ann Emig said the fact that the board unanimously agreed to this governance plan is proof that the board should hire Conway as the superintendent.
Board members serving on the academic committee will be Charles DeLauter, Christy Rehm and Steve Cook, who will be the committee's chair.
The safe and supportive schools committee members will be Charles Rauhauser, Terry Emig and Kelly Mefford, also serving as chair.
Kristen Ventre will chair the human and fiscal resource allocation and stewardship committee that includes Dan Sindlinger and Julie Ann Emig.
The committees' meetings will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, March 3.
The academic committee will meet in the school board room, while the safe and supportive schools committee will meet in the Dover Elementary School library. The human and fiscal committee will meet in 2nd Floor AB Conference Room, according to the district's website at www.doversd.org.
Simplify: Conway said the governance plan will simplify the committee structure and provide a clear purpose for each committee. He first proposed the change at a board meeting in December, and took the idea from his previous work at the state Department of Education.
Conway said there was a move a few years ago at the state level to score school districts in the areas of academic achievement, safe and supportive schools and human and fiscal resource allocation and stewardship. School performance profiles are the academic achievement part of that, he said.
Conway said he isn't sure when the state will move forward with scoring in the other two areas. But he said the new committee structure, named for each of the state's focuses, will bring renewed focus to each area of school life.
Change: One noticeable change for the public is that the three committee meetings will take place simultaneously before the planning board meeting each month.
Conway said one goal is to advertise the committee agendas earlier, so people can know in advance if they want to attend. He said the administration is also investigating streaming each session online so people can watch remotely.
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