Lansing, Michigan – January 2011 is School Board Recognition Month and a way to recognize the invaluable contributions local and ISD school board members make to their schools and communities. While honoring our volunteer elected officials should be a year-round process, the month of January gives us a unique opportunity to thank the more than 4,000 school board members who commit countless hours to improving education in our state.
Few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities and the enormous number of hours they dedicate to their work outside of board meetings attending school functions; preparing for board meetings; reading financial reports, agendas and proposals; and making a host of difficult and challenging decisions. Many board members have also made a commitment to continuous professional development in order to ensure they stay up-to-date on the latest education issues. Board members come from all walks of life and backgrounds, but working together, School Boards LeadStrong so students can achieve.
Today, more than ever, school board leaders are faced with the overwhelming charge of providing a quality education at a time when financial constraints weigh heavily on the health of school district budgets. “Daily I see boards stand strong together, show great fortitude and leadership and continue to make decisions in the best interest of their districts,” said MASB Executive Director Kathy Hayes. “And for that we owe them a deep debt of gratitude.”
School Board Recognition Month is part of a nationwide effort co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of School Boards and the National School Boards Association to build community awareness and understanding about the crucial role school boards play in our communities.
Contact your local school district for specific details about local celebrations and recognitions. For campaign artwork or a copy of the School Board Recognition Month Kit, contact Jennifer Rogers or Sarah Ford.
The Michigan Association of School Boards provides quality educational leadership services for all Michigan boards of education, and advocates for student achievement and public education.