April 23, 2021 — Three Dexter Community Schools board members earned awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) in 2020 for their efforts to improve their leadership skills, demonstrating their commitment to student achievement and their own continuous improvement. Awards are earned for classes completed in MASB’s leadership training program, as well as for conference attendance, years of service, and leadership activities.
Board Vice President Mara Greatorex (elected 2018) earned two awards: the Certified Board Member Award, and the Award of Merit. To do so, she completed all nine 100-level board member classes, as well as forty-five education credits.
Board President Dr. Julie Schumaker (elected 2003) and former Trustee Barbara Read (2013-2020) earned the Master Board Member Award, which recognizes board members who have completed levels 1, 2 and 3; a total of nine advanced (200- or 300-Level) CBA classes and minimum of 368 education credits.
MASB training and professional development helps board members to keep pace with the fast-moving and complex changes in public education. Last year, more than 1,300 school board members statewide participated in MASB’s professional development program for elected school leaders. The hours devoted to this training are above and beyond the time members spend at their local meetings, events, and reviewing policies and board packets.
Superintendent Dr. Christopher Timmis noted, “Dexter has a history of long-serving and dedicated board members who work diligently to ensure that Dexter students receive an excellent, well-rounded education and that District staff and administration are good stewards of public funds and public trust. They truly strive to keep the best interests of Dexter students and staff foremost in their words and actions.”
“I’ve worked with school boards and public schools for more than 19 years and am always in awe of the commitment of so many members,” said MASB Executive Director Don Wotruba, CAE. “Schools are under exceptional pressure to be innovative and reinvent the way they deliver education. Training equips them with the tools necessary to make the best decisions for Michigan’s schoolchildren. The time they spend being servant leaders and honing their skills is second to none.”
A full overview of the individual and whole board training levels can be viewed at masb.org/miboardawards. Biographical information and photos of current board members can be found at https://www.dexterschools.org/district/board-of-education/board-bios