Cartan to replace Zeisler on Economic Resource Council
The Economic Resource Council will be experiencing a change in the education liaison position as Nevada Joint Union High School District Superintendent Marianne Cartan replaces Chicago Park Elementary School District Superintendent Dan Zeisler.
“I realize the maximum benefit to that collaboration is really with the high school because the business community has so many potential internships and different things that would be so appropriate for the high school,” Zeisler said.
Zeisler said Cartan had been attending the meetings and could involve the high school with upcoming opportunities the business council may provide.
“Since Marianne has been attending the ERC meetings anyway and it’s a real passion for her to get the high school more involved, I figured as long as she’s there and can report back to all the superintendents, it would make more sense for her to be the one who sits on the board,” Zeisler said.
Cartan said she plans to fortify the link between schools and business by serving on the council.
“One of the goals of the school districts is to strengthen ties with local business and community organizations,” Cartan said. “My interest is to expand options for our students through relationships with our community members and our business.”
The relationship between the educational liaison and the Economic Resource Council is that the ERC recruits businesses into the local area and the education liaison provides information about schools. New families moving into the area to open business have access to information about the quality of the schools, which the superintendent can provide by serving on the council.
“I think one of the questions (the ERC) probably gets a lot is, ‘If I’m a business owner and I’m thinking of relocating and I have a work force of 20 families, I want to know about the schools,” Zeisler said. “And the opportunity for schools to be present to ensure and update so they know what’s going on to have adequate information (is why the school liaison is a part of the council.)”
The superintendent on the council is able to voice opinions with other community and business members, according to Tim Corkins, interim executive director of the ERC.
“They get to voice their opinion in a round-table discussion, and these people don’t sit down at the same time any other time,” Corkins said.
Schools and economics are also important when considering enrollment numbers and placement of new students, according to Corkins.
“The school representative has always voiced the opinion of needing to move in younger families to bring in enrollment numbers,” Corkins said. “We are trying to attract the numbers with businesses.”
Including various members of the community, like the superintendent, in the ERC benefits the council by allowing the needs of the community to be addressed.
“A lot of people benefit putting forth their concerns and pushing for what they need to make their particular area of interest a benefit to the entire group,” Corkins said. “It’s always been a good thing, and we’re interested in them.”
Cartan said she eagerly anticipates holding the position, which will take effect January 2013.
“I look forward to serving as an active member,” Cartan said, “and am honored to serve as the representative of our local school districts.”
To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4230.
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