To the Journal editor:
January is School Board Recognition Month and Negaunee Public Schools is joining 545 local and 56 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education.
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. Collectively, school board members in Michigan have spent about 7,000 hours attending training and professional development. They're dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students.
It is an exciting and challenging time in public education. School board members in Negaunee develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our educational system.
They bear responsibility and oversight for an annual budget of $13 million, 1,510 students, 190 employees and five buildings.
We proudly join educators and community members in saluting these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities. They preserve the core of our democracy-public education.
Thank you once again to the following Negaunee Board of Education members: Nita Argall, Fae Collins, Virginia Paulson, Dave Rice, Martin Saari, Greg Toutant, and Susan Wideman-Schaible
James Derocher, superintendent
Negaunee Public Schools