The month of January provides communities with the opportunity to express appreciation for the work of their local school board. On behalf of the entire school district, I would like to say a heartfelt “thank you” to Deer Park’s Board of Directors for their time and service in support of public education in this community. We will honor these 5 individuals at our upcoming Board Meeting on January 22, 6:00pm at Arcadia Elementary.

A school district’s Board of Directors plays an important role in district governance, devoting numerous hours making myriad decisions, both small and large, in what is a non-paid (elected) public service position. They are friends, neighbors, community members, and parents at your schools who are the voice for the community in important choices that shape the strategic vision, structure, programmatic offerings, and financial health of your public schools. School Board members represent the voice of local parents and patrons, ensuring the unique qualities and culture of the community are reflected in the educational experiences children receive. The job of these 5 individuals is complex and challenging, requiring dedication and commitment to the education of each and every child that walks through the doors of our schools.

Without a doubt, it takes a lot of committed individuals to successfully run a school district – this includes teachers, bus drivers, food service workers, maintenance staff, secretaries and aides, and administrators to name a just a few. In January, however, we ask everyone in the schools and in the community to take time to seek out and thank a school director for the time and effort they put into your schools. Thank them for the many hours they spend in meetings, for reading through pages upon pages of policies and procedures, for advocating for public education with both state and federal legislators, and for working hard to select and evaluate district leadership. Thank them for their thoughtfulness in making difficult choices on your behalf. Thank them for listening to your concerns and seeking your input. And thank them for their dedication to ensuring that your schools work to serve every child, each and every day.

Deer Park’s Board of Directors:

Area 1:  Greg Schuler

Area 2:  Brad Erickson

Area 3:  Joanne Greer

Area 4:  Carri Breckner

Area 5:  Eric Keller

 

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