New Manchester board member steps up to new challenge
|Photo courtesy of Kelly Dolan|
Dolan was appointed from among seven applicants by the board April 30 to fill the seat left vacant April 1 when board member LeAnn Nichols resigned due to a move out of the district.
“I am humbled and honored to be chosen to serve on a school board with such a distinguished reputation and history,” she said. “Their honesty, openness and dedication cannot be matched. I will work hard to maintain the standard of excellence set forth in the Manchester district. The district is full of hardworking and devoted teachers, administrators and families. I am eager to work with these families to ensure the brightest possible future for our schools and our community.”
Dolan graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The University of Akron (UA). She works part-time for the Green Family YMCA in member communications and is co-owner of Dolan Home Improvement. Previously, she was marketing director for several ventures, she said. She is president of the Omega House Association, Alpha Omega Gamma Delta at UA.
She and her husband, Mark Dolan, have three children — a third-grader at Nolley Elementary and fifth- and seventh-graders at Manchester Middle School.
Dolan has been involved with Manchester Local Schools in various activities, including the Nolley PTA for the past three years. She is finishing a post as secretary of that PTA, with elections coming up. Most recently, she was in charge of the Fun Fair raffle, an annual carnival-like event set for May 17 at Nolley that serves as a fundraiser. She also was in charge of Grandparents Day for third-graders at the school May 2.
Dolan said she was inspired to volunteer in the schools by Joanne Eckert, 86, a former Nolley teacher who died in 2012.
“She was devoted to the district even after retiring, serving as Mrs. Claus and helping with other activities,” said Dolan. “After volunteering, I came to love the school system. What better way to help out than to serve on the board. It is another layer and a chance to be a part of the decision-making process for the whole district, which appealed to me.”
Dolan said she brings a different perspective and skill set to the board. She said she hopes to use her experience in marketing, sales, social media and communications to help make a “good school system even better.”
“This is an exciting opportunity, and it will be a learning experience for me,” said Dolan.
Dolan will be at her first board meeting May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 6075 Manchester Road.
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