January 16, 2022
Croswell-Lexington Community Schools is joining 537 local and 56 intermediate school districts across Michigan to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month. This month is an opportunity to show our year-round appreciation for these servant leaders, and to better understand how our trustees work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.
In another year full of challenges for public education, our School Board Members persevered through the adversity of 2021 to provide the best possible education for our students. Celebrating School Board Month is one of the very small ways to express appreciation for their dedication and commitment to the students and families who attend Croswell-Lexington Community Schools. These individuals contribute to the success of our students, and are dedicated ordinary citizens with an extraordinary commitment to public schools: they are our School Board Members. Croswell-Lexington Community School Board Members approach their volunteer work like it is a full-time job, making personal sacrifices, which often takes time away from their own families to ensure our students and employees have the best possible schools to learn and work.
School Board Members represent the views and priorities of the community in the complex system of maintaining and running a district’s public school. School board members also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important and highly valued aspect of education in Michigan.
The School Board’s main goal is to support student achievement. To achieve this goal, the board focuses on the following needs:
Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make student achievement a priority.
Setting standards for what students must learn and be able to do.
Assessing whether schools achieve their goals and whether students are learning.
Accounting for the outcomes of decisions and by tracking progress and reporting results.
Aligning the use of the district’s human and financial resources.
Creating a safe and orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach.
Collaborating to solve common problems and to support common successes.
Focusing on continuous improvement by questioning, examining, revising, refining and revisiting issues related to student achievement.
Even though this month we are making a special effort to show appreciation for our School Board Members, it’s important to recognize that their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part. No matter what challenges lie ahead for our district in 2022, our School Board Members will continue to govern to improve student achievement and provide an exemplary education for all of Cros-Lex students.
I invite you to join me in thanking the following Croswell-Lexington Community School Board Members for their service, and dedication to to our Schools’ and to our great community:
Mrs. Katie Gordon, Mr. Dennis Gardner, Mr. Joe Vitale, Mr. Mike Noll, Mrs. Amie Stillson, Mr. Russ Nowiski, Mr. Nathan Butler.
Daniel E. Gilbertson