School Board Members Make a Difference

School Boards Make a Difference


School board members are ordinary people who have an extraordinary dedication to our

public schools. It is time we thanked them for their untiring efforts.


Too often we forget about the personal sacrifices school board members routinely make.


Too often we forget about the important role school board members play in assuring local

control over our public schools, control that is in the hands of people we know … people who

are our neighbors.


Too often we forget that, in the tradition of a representative democracy, school board

members are our connection to influencing how our public schools are governed.


Too often we are quick to criticize school board members without really knowing all the

details that went into any given decision.


Too often the efforts of school board members go unrecognized and unrewarded.


We can begin to correct these oversights this January, which is School Board Recognition

Month. This is a time to show our appreciation and to begin to better understand how school

board members work together to provide leadership for our schools.


The school board works closely with parents, education professionals and community

members to create the educational vision we want for our students. It then formulates goals,

defines results and sets the course for an adequate and equitable educational program for all

students.


The school board is accountable to the public. It is responsible for assuring the public that

the money allocated to the public schools is providing a good return on the investment. Thus,

the board oversees regular assessment of the district’s students, staff and programs.


The school board also is a strong advocate for public schools and is responsible for

communicating the needs of the school district to the public and the public’s expectations to

the district.


In January, join with others from throughout our district and state to salute the men and

women who provide grassroots governance of public schools. Make a special effort to tell each

school board member his or her hard work has been noticed and is very much appreciated.