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Posted Date: 02/02/2017

Throughout the month of January 2017 we are taking time to say “Thank You” to seven extraordinary citizens in our community.  Our local board of education members volunteer countless hours each year leading the success in our schools!  They study the issues, participate in monthly meetings, attend school activities and events.  They serve as advocate on the local, state, and national levels for our children.  Our school board members and their years of service are listed below:

Daren Ruth, President                   7 years of service            

Sheila Walker, V. President         4 years of service

Chris Floyd                                          6 years of service

Colleen Kelly                                      1 year of service

Tyce McMillan                                   2 years of service

Brian Peterson                                  6 years of service

Wade Tucker                                     3 years of service

                Public education is a cornerstone of American society, and a highly-valued part of our state’s history.  In 1966 the people of Kansas amended our state’s constitution to specifically call for local public schools that are ’maintained, developed and operated by locally elected boards.’  Local school board members comprise the largest body of publicly elected officials in our nation.

                In our community the board of education makes decisions that impact the future of all our children.  Their job is to establish a vision for our schools, then provide guidance and direction in accomplishing that vision.  They ensure that our schools are accountable to the community.

                The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month and gives us a specific time to say thank you!  This is a time to shine a light on how our local board prepares today’s students for success.  In January, please join with others throughout the community to salute the men and women who provide leadership for our public education.

                In closing, Tom Brokaw said it best, “There is a place in America to take a stand; it is public education.  It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system.  It is the great common ground.  Public education after all is the engine that moves us as a society toward a common destiny…It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape.”