The Shepherd Journal January is National School Board Appreciation Month

In honor of National School Board Appreciation month, here is a post shared on Facebook by Jay Gross. I have to admit that I‟ve often heard about school boards, but haven‟t thought much until reading this post about what they do. Hey There Shepherd… January is National School Board Appreciation Month. It is time we stepped back and saluted the work of our volunteer school board members and to celebrate public education. We would like to take a moment to honor some very special people who are on the Shepherd Board of Education. Our school board consists of: ● Matthew Showalter, President ● John Cline, Vice-President ● Michael Kumpp, Treasurer ● Lisa Myers, Secretary ● Melissa Hutchinson, Trustee ● Rick Judge, Trustee ● Gina Gross, Trustee The theme for this year is “School Boards Lead Strong.” This reflects our combined commitment to leadership and accountability ensuring ALL children succeed. Our Board more than meets that and exceeds it on many levels. They do outstanding work for our students. What a lot of people do not realize is exactly how much these people do for our school system. Even more do not know that serving on a school board has been described as the „toughest volunteer job in America.‟ Yet Michigan‟s public school board members dedicate countless personal hours to attending meetings, school functions, and hours of preparation for the decisions they make. On top of that, many pursue their own professional development to stay on top of the ever-changing education landscape. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students. Want a bit more insight? School board members in our district develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. They bear responsibility and oversight for an annual budget of $16,000,000 million, 1804 students, 230 employees and five buildings that help educate kids from a 170 square mile district. 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

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are asking all members of the community to take a moment and thank a school board member. Superintendent Claire Bunker did not hesitate to say, “I am honored to work with a Board who I know truly believe in public education and, in particular, Shepherd Public Schools.”

Bottom line:
Our Board is comprised of many people who went through the Shepherd school system, stayed here in Shepherd, and even currently have one or more children of their own in the district. I know they have blue & gold running through their veins. They want what is BEST for the children and our schools. To our Shepherd Board of Education team who dedicate countless personal hours to ensure the needs of our community are met by our public schools, “Thank You” seems like such an understatement. It is because of your vision, your voices, your commitment to prepare today‟s students to be tomorrow‟s leaders that we salute all of you and your dedication. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you…

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