Birkenmaier: School board members, volunteers deserve thanks
Nov. 15 was designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois, and Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A joined other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools.
School board members serve their communities without monetary compensation to make public education the best it can be for every child. Their policies and oversight guide the district as tough decisions are made on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of students.
As community trustees for the schools, Lemont-Bromberek board members have oversight for an annual budget of $24 million, 2,200 students in three buildings and more than 200 employees. Each year, the demands become greater for school board members to help lead our community’s schools as they prepare students to be productive citizens and the leaders in a 21st century global economy.
In the past several years, our board members have had to make difficult choices to ensure future educational and fiscal stability. This has not been an easy road. But without the efforts of these elected members, residents would have less input into the way schools operate today and in the future.
As a board, they continue to seek community input through the strategic planning process. This is an excellent example of grass-roots governance.
On average, a school board member can put in 20 to 40 hours each month, preparing for and attending board meetings, taking school board governance training, learning about education reforms, trends and local issues. That on top of giving time as needed to educate community members and to explain or debate school-based issues.
As a community, we should say “thank you” to school board volunteers. Further, we need to recognize the commitment of school board family members, who share their loved ones’ time for the betterment of this community.
To honor our school board members, the district presented special recognition certificates to each board member.
As district superintendent, I personally want to thank each of our board members: President David Molitor, Vice President Kevin Doherty, Secretary Cynthia Kelly, and board members Michael Aurelio, Al Malley, Karen Siston and Lisa Wright. I hope you will join me in thanking them for their service to the children of District 113A.
Susan Birkenmaier is the superintendent of Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A
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