School Board recognizes January Student of the Month
The following students were recognized as Student of the Month:
Jewel Barnett - Meyer Elementary
Jacob Janisch - Frostick Elementary
Dominic Hempel- Middle School
Brady Bussey - High School
Victoria Brown - Pioneer High School
January is National School Board Recognition Month
As citizens who serve children and represent their communities, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet, few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities. All Americans should recognize the vital contributions of these dedicated men and women and focus attention on the important role these elected public officials have in the education of the children attending our schools.
The board members’ job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, assure schools are accountable to the community, and strongly advocate for continuous improvement in student learning. The job of a school board member entails endless hours of time attending meetings, school functions, reading reams of reports, agendas, and various proposals to review, as well as making difficult decisions.
School board members come from all walks of life. They are farmers, teachers, emergency first responders, business executives/owners, just to name a few. While board members wear many hats in the workday world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school districts. While they may individually disagree on certain issues, board members must pull together as a team toward a common goal centered on the primary focus of helping students to continuously learn.
Board members contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours each year leading their school districts. Whether crafting policies, hiring top-notch administrators, listening to staff and student concerns, or recognizing outstanding programs, board members always keep their eyes on the primary purpose of maximizing student achievement.
The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members devote to leading their districts. The job of a school board member is tough, the hours are long, and many times they are not appreciated as much as they deserve for the difficult and important role they have as a member of a School Board.
They also strive to improve their skills to keep them abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities, and spend many hours in the schools and at extracurricular events. Their love of learning, concern/care for students, staff, and the community, drive board members’ desire to lead so students can achieve.
The month of January and the observance of School Board Recognition Month is an opportunity to show our year-round appreciation for these servant leaders and begin to better understand how local trustees work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. We encourage you to join with others throughout our community, state and nation, to honor the men and women who provide grassroots governance of public schools.
I invite you to join me in thanking the following Croswell-Lexington Community School Board Members for their service and dedication to our Schools’ and community:
Mrs. Katie Gordon, Mr. Dennis Gardner, Mr. Joe Vitale, Mr. Mike Noll, Ms. Amie Stillson, Mr. Russell Nowiski, and Mr. Nathan Butler.
Daniel E. Gilbertson