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
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
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.