Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of the men and women who represent us as members of our school board. 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. Too often we forget about the personal sacrifices school board members routinely make. With the advice and counsel of the educational professionals they hire, our school board has an impact on virtually every aspect of our schools. It’s a huge responsibility and one that these individuals do not take lightly.
School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision-making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community. School board members are citizens whose decisions affect our children — what they learn, who will teach them and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms. These elected individuals establish the policies that provide the framework for our schools.
SEL Schools would like to thank our board members, whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. We applaud them for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow. Our school board members are ordinary people Who have an extraordinary dedication to our schools. We ask that you join us in thanking them for their untiring efforts.
Stefanie Rhine, President
Cassandra Jones, Vice President
We would also like to thank Ori Akrish and Lisa Marko who recently completed their service as school board members.