O’Brien, Dunbar will continue to lead Olentangy school board


January 10, 2014

Kevin O’Brien and Stacy Dunbar will continue as Olentangy Local Schools Board of Education President and Vice President, respectively, it was determined at the district’s organizational meeting on Jan. 7.

O’Brien was nominated by Vice President pro tem Julie Wagner Feasel and Dunbar was nominated by President pro tem Dave King. There were no other nominations for each position, and the votes were unanimous.

Both O’Brien and Dunbar’s terms expire Dec. 31, 2015. O’Brien lives in Lewis Center and works at Nationwide Financial. Dunbar lives in Powell and works at Nationwide Insurance.

Also at the meeting, board liaison appointments to various committees were determined at the meeting. According to the district, they were: Business Advisory Committee — O’Brien and King; Development Committee - Dunbar and Feasel; Finance and Audit - King and O’Brien; Policy Committee – King; School Funding Action Committee — Feasel and Dunbar; Representative to Delaware Area Career Center – Feasel; Representative to Ohio School Psychologists Association — Dunbar, Feasel, O’Brien; Olentangy Education Foundation – King; Regional Council — To be filled as needed.

During the work session, Dunbar said the Development Committee, which assists the board with school enrollment projections and facility needs, should be renamed the Facilities Committee, because there wasn’t a current need for land acquisition or building construction.

Although asked to serve, board member Adam White chose not to be a liaison on any committees. “You’ll be the first to know if I want to be on one of the committees,” White told O’Brien. “I’ll let you know. I have no interest, I have no time.”

O’Brien said a board liaison helps shape a committee’s actions, while King said that board members should learn more about the committees, and Dunbar said being a liaison was part of a board member’s duties.

They can come in here and give reports,” White said of the committees. “When they come in and speak, I listen. I can give my opinion right here during a public deliberation, and not behind closed doors.”

The other board members were quick to point out that all the committee meetings are public.