The Washoe County School District (WCSD) welcomed three new members of the Board of Trustees at the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Dave Aiazzi, Howard Rosenberg, and Lisa Ruggerio took their places on the board after a swearing-in ceremony. Trustee Dr. Barbara McLaury was sworn in for her second four-year term on the board.
Immediately following the ceremony, board members voted to select Barbara Clark as board president, Dave Aiazzi as vice president, and Lisa Ruggerio as clerk to the board for the coming year.
"We are pleased to welcome our new board members," said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. "This is a critical time for our District, and we look forward to working as a team to advocate for the 63,000 students who are relying upon us to provide them with the best education we can."
"I am honored to have been voted in as president of the Board of Trustees for 2013," said Clark. "I believe we have an exciting year ahead filled with opportunities to build on past successes and to create new ones. Our three new board members are ready to address the many issues the board of trustees deals with, and each brings with them a different set of skills and fresh insights to add to the expertise already on the board. We have a committed Board–Superintendent team and, along with our many dedicated employees, are going to continue to pursue our goal of ‘every child, by name and face, to graduation.'"
The board of trustees plays a lead role in governing the Washoe County School District. In 2009, board members resolved to improve the public schools, which were outperforming others in the state but still faced many challenges. After conducting research and securing extensive stakeholder input, Envision WCSD 2015—Investing In Our Future was created, which includes five goals: provide continuous academic success for every student; recruit and support highly effective personnel; engage families and community partners; value and strengthen a positive, self-renewing culture; and align performance management systems.
Dave Aiazzi comes to the board after serving four terms on the Reno City Council. He wants to use his experience as a member of the Council to support WCSD with regional planning and structural improvements for the District's older facilities. A graduate of Sparks High School, Aiazzi represents District E on the WCSD Board of Trustees.
Howard Rosenberg is a longtime University of Nevada, Reno professor who has taught film studies, art education, and visual foundations for 46 years. He is interested in the areas of instructional leadership and curriculum, and has served on the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents. Rosenberg now represents District D of the Washoe County School District.
Lisa Ruggerio is the owner of a local management consulting firm that specializes in community and statewide strategic initiatives. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and she looks forward to working with her fellow board members to accomplish the goals laid out in the strategic plan, Envision WCSD 2015 – Investing In Our Future. She represents District A as a member of the WCSD Board of Trustees.
From Washoe County Health District