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Thank you School Board!

posted Nov 12, 2012, 11:31 AM by lzimmer@dist46.org   [ updated Aug 13, 2013, 4:38 PM by Web Master ]
When it comes to selfless giving, school board members deserve a heartfelt “thank you” from everyone in the community. 

More than any other public servant, school board members must listen to the voices of their community and then craft a vision, mission and goals for their district to accurately reflect those voices in the design. They must guard two of the community’s most precious resources — their children and their tax dollars — while they create the best educational environment possible with the money available.

Too often communities are quick to criticize school board members without really knowing all the details that went into decisions. As a result, the efforts of school board members often go unrecognized and unrewarded.

Everyone knows that board members attend meetings, but those hours represent just a fraction of the actual time that they devote to leading their districts. They attend seminars to learn how to be better board members. Often they are involved in other community activities, representing themselves, their community and their district. Many of these school and community related activities take them away from time that could be spent with their own family.  School Board members are not paid one penny for time or service!

November 15, 2012, has been designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois. This is a time to show appreciation and to begin to better understand how school board members work together to provide leadership our schools. Thank you Vickie Marconi, Charlotte Kremer, Mischelle Yantis, Laura Domoto, Tara Rand, Khushali Shah, and Lori McConville!