Opinion

May is time to recognize school board

To the editor:


Fairfield Community School District will join public education systems throughout the state to salute their local school board members and celebrate public education during Iowa?s annual School Board Recognition Month in May.


The commemorative month is designed to recognize the contributions made by more than 2,000 local school board, community college and AEA board members, including the members of the Fairfield Community School Board of Education, who are charged with governing public education under state law.


Iowa school board members are chosen by their communities through election to manage local schools. They oversee an annual budget of $39 million, 1,660 students, 301 employees and six buildings.


These volunteer leaders also are responsible for formulating school system policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.


We don?t always recognize the dedication and hard work of these public servants elected to represent us and the interest of our children. Invite them out for coffee. Ask how you might help support your local community schools.


Drop off cookies at May?s board meeting. Write your school board members a thank you note. Let them know you appreciate what they do for your kids in the Fairfield Community School District.


Please join us by saying ?a huge thank you? to our school board members during School Board Member Recognition Month in May. The men and women serving Fairfield Community School District and their years of service are:


Warren Shaefer 3 years of service


Debi Plum 1 year


Christi Welsh 1 year of service


Jennifer Anderson 15 years of service


Frank Broz 1 year of service


Paul Miller 3 years of service


Kelly Scott 1 year of service


 


? Laurie Noll, superintendent of Fairfield Community Schools