Superintendent’s Advisory Council

Superintendent and Students Work Together to Improve School


Northmont Superintendent Dr. Sarah Zatik talks to Ohio Governor John Kasich. Photo courtesy of The Sandusky Register.

Jaylin Paschal, Editor-in-Chief

Once a month, a few students from each grade meet with Superintendent Dr. Sarah Zatik. These students, all from different social groups and with different personalities, make up the Superintendent’s Advisory Council.  In their meetings, which take place over lunch, they discuss the school’s issues. Smaller problems, like the stalls in the girls’ restroom missing locks, and larger ailments like less-than-appetizing school lunches are all discussed. Course offerings, fun activities, dress code, school rules, fundraisers, and improvements to the buildings are other topics covered.

“It’s our chance to let the superintendent know what they’re doing well and what needs improvement,” said senior Sam Blizzard.

Zatik and her advisory sit down for pizza and brainstorm ways to solve problems and discuss issues.

“It also gives me the ability to explain why we do the things we do, and the rationale for decisions in the district,” said superintendent Dr. Sarah Zatik.

Members of the advisory find these meetings beneficial and see real progress being made because of them.

“Our meetings have been pretty effective. We do a lot in and outside of school,” said senior Chris Landrum.

The advisory works with Zatik on projects to get the community and alumni involved with the school. They also work directly with the Northmont Alumni Association and help with Alumni Weekend.

“I think it’s really cool that the superintendent and principals care so much about getting student input,” said Blizzard.

The advisory also advocates for more unity days and mentors, and is currently working on developing a Northmont mascot.

There is also an advisory council in the middle school, and these students participate in such events as a community show-and-tell breakfast for Northmont senior citizens.

The Superintendent Advisory is an effective and appreciated group.

“It also gives me the opportunity to meet with some great students and get their perspective on certain issues. It is the highlight of my day,” said Zatik.

Northmont students feel likewise.

“It’s great to have a good relationship with the superintendent,” said Landrum.

Members of the Superintendent’s Advisory were selected by the building principal, Mr. George Caras. This year’s participants are:

Freshmen: Abby White, Carson Wagoner, Nick Fowler

Sophomores: Cydnie LaRoe, Taylor Evans, Michael Dillon, Cameron Riley, Alex Wood

Juniors: Lexis Petty, Aubri Pritchett, Chris Timmons, Kierra Wallace-Gorham, Nick Moore

Seniors: Tori Amos, Sam Blizzard, Kyle Craddick, Rodney Hunter, Chris Landrum