CHEBOYGAN — Cheboygan Area Schools is joining 537 local and 56 intermediate school districts across Michigan to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.
“In another year full of challenges for public education, our school board members persevered through the adversity of 2021 to provide the best possible education for our students,” said Cheboygan Area Schools Superintendent Paul Clark. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one of the very small ways to express appreciation for all they do.”
School board members represent the views and priorities of their community in the complex system of maintaining and running a district’s public schools, Clark said. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which he said is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Michigan.
“Too often, the efforts of school board members go unrecognized,” Clark said.
The school board’s main goal is to support student achievement, Clark added.
To achieve that goal, the board focuses on the following needs:
- Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make student achievement the top priority.
- Setting standards for what students must learn and be able to do.
- Assessing whether schools achieve their goals and whether students are learning.
- Accounting for the outcomes of decisions and by tracking progress and reporting results.
- Aligning the use of the district’s human and financial resources.
- Creating a safe and orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach.
- Collaborating to solve common problems and to support common successes.
- Focusing on continuous improvement by questioning, examining, revising, refining, and revisiting issues related to student achievement.
The board will be recognized and presented with a certificate of appreciation at the school board’s next meeting on Jan. 24.
“Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part,” Clark said. “No matter what challenges lie ahead for our district in 2022, our school board members will continue to govern to improve student achievement and provide exceptional education for all our community’s children.”
The Cheboygan Area Schools Board of Education is made up of seven individuals. These individuals include vice president Sue Bronson, treasurer Roger Cronk, trustee Amber Hansen, trustee Kristi Harke, trustee Julie Lohela, secretary Dr. John Palmer and president Lois Marianne Ridings.
Bronson has served on the school board for four years and five months, Cronk has been a member for 11 years, Hansen has been on the board for nine months and Harke has been a member for four years and six months. Lohela has been a school board member for one year, Palmer has been on the board for four years and five months and Ridings has been on the board for five years.