Loveland Board of Education Thanks Residents for Interest in Serving on New Planning Commission
NEWS RELEASE: Susanne Quigley, Chief Information Officer
LOVELAND, OH (April 21, 2020) – The Loveland Board of Education thanks district residents for submitting applications to serve as members of the new Planning Commission.
LCSD Board of Education members front-Michele Pettit, EileenWashburn, Dr. Kathryn Lorenz, back-Ned Portune, Art Jarvis (Provided)
The community-based commission will assist the board in researching and evaluating assigned issues and topics and will report its findings and recommendations for consideration. Its purpose is also to create a closer connection to all district residents and to create additional channels that will allow the community to be better informed about a variety of issues affecting the schools.
“We are excited to have received a great response to our request for applications,” said Dr. Kathryn Lorenz, board president. “The board has begun its review and consideration of applicants, but as the situation has changed considerably for us all in the past several weeks, we are working at this time to complete our review and develop a viable plan for meetings and how they will be conducted.”
The board received 38 applications from community members expressing their desire to participate. A total of 25 members are sought for the commission – 18 community members and seven school district staff members. Board members have been reviewing applications, with names redacted, and discussed the process for review and
selection at the March 3 work session. The discussion resumed at the April 7 work session, after the March 19 board meeting was cancelled due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Dr. Lorenz noted that many applicants are highly qualified and will bring constructive ideas to the commission and the four subcommittees that will be created (Finance, Facilities, School Improvement/Student Experience, and Communication/Community Engagement). Additionally, the board wants the commission to reflect the diversity of the community and therefore all positions may not be filled at once but rather through ongoing recruitment. District staff member applications will be reviewed after residents have been selected.
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Loveland Board of Education at a previous community response session (Chuck Gibson File)