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'My heart's still here'

Zoe Greszler • Dec 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

“It’s been an honor and I’ve enjoyed it. I love this district.”

Western Reserve school board member Louise Jackson said she meant every word of that.

The school board took time last week to recognize outgoing the board member for her six years of service to the district at her last meeting.

In November, Peggy Weisenberger was elected to replace Jackson. She will assume the position in January.

“My heart’s still here, that’s for sure,” Jackson said. “I tell everybody how great of a district it is.”

“You will be missed,” district treasurer Brett Robson said.

Superintendent Rodge Wilson agreed, adding she’s “been a huge asset” to Western Reserve.

“She brings a great lot of knowledge and a lot of good common sense,” he said.

Jackson said she loved her time on the board and, while she said she’s served her time “since it’s been six years,” that doesn’t mean her loyalty is shifting.

“The people are great. District is great,” she said. “We just have a lot of family support in this district. In my personal opinion, it’s one of the best districts around. It really is. I’ve really enjoyed my time here.”

She said she cannot think of any accomplishment she’s particularly proud of. However, she is happy the board has “moved forward” during her time as an elected official, she said.

“The momentum’s been there since I got on the board, but we’re a team and we work well together,” she said. “It’s gone well.

Jackson said her favorite part of the job involved the students and families.

“I enjoy watching the kids,” she said. “I enjoy going to the sporting events and the concerts and things. It’s just a great community. I’ve raised my family here and look forward to maybe someday having grandchildren come through too.”

She’s also looking forward as she closes in on retirement to “maybe just starting a new chapter.”

Weisenberger said she hopes to make her own memories and marks within the school district.

The grandmother of six students, ranging from kindergarten through college age, has seen the teaching side of the district and hopes to continue to give to the district as a board member.

“I just retired about four years ago and I’ve been in this school for 33 years,” she said. “I was a third-grade teacher and then ended my career as a fourth-grade teacher. I just thought I need to see the opposite side of the picture. Then this seat became available, so I thought I’ll give it a try.”

Weisenberger said she has no specific goals but hopes to help the board however she can. 

“I just want to bring improvement overall,” she said. “I want to bring good teachers into our district and keep the great teachers that we have. I just hope for overall improvement.”

The district’s organizational meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 10.

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