Clinton superintendent salutes school board members

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To the Editor,

If you saw this help wanted ad in your local newspaper, would you apply?
“Needed. Dedicated volunteers who love children. Willing to spend untold evening hours making tough decisions on complex social and educational issues. Actions will impact students, parents, teachers, and the entire community. Volunteers receive little or no pay.”

Some 4,200 men and women in Michigan said “yes.”

January is School Board Recognition Month — a time to salute the work of our volunteer school board members and to celebrate public education. The theme, “School Boards Lead Strong’ reflects our combined commitment to leadership and accountability, assuring that ALL children succeed.

It’s an exciting and challenging time in public education. School board members in Clinton Community Schools develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $9.5 million, 1,123 students, 110 employees and buildings. They are citizens whose decisions affect our children and build our communities.

Our board of education, and the hundreds like it across the state, preserves the core of our democracy — public education. They ensure that decisions on school programming are made by people we’ve elected to represent our community’s values, culture and circumstances.

Showing appreciation for the important work of school boards should be a year-round process, but too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. This January, the staff and students of our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment and thank a school board member.

Thank you to the men and women who dedicate countless personal hours to ensure the needs of our community are met by our public schools. We salute the public servants of Clinton Community Schools whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. We applaud them for their vision and voice to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.
The men and women serving Clinton Community Schools and their years of service are:

Dale Wingerd, President, six years of service; Jeff Clark, vice-president, four years of service; Shirley Harris, secretary, nine years of service; Don Hinman, treasurer, four years of service; Wanda Heinz, 16 years of service; Bob Riddle and Jeff Mercy, less than one year of service.

David P. Pray, Supt.
Clinton Community Schools

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