HONOR YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD; THE EVERYDAY HEROES FIGHTING FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
November 15 will mark the seventh official statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois. This is the community’s opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to your local board of education and honor their commitment to providing a local voice for your education decisions.
When it comes to public service school board members are some of the most selfless volunteers around. They are your neighbors, friends, coworkers, parents and everything in between. They are also the front-line advocates fighting for quality education opportunities for every child. They serve without the expectation of a paycheck in a position that requires long hours and continuous dedication to the betterment of the community.
Everyone understands that school board members attend meetings, but those hours represent just a fraction of the actual time that they devote to being an educational leader for the district. They attend extracurricular events to support schools. They participate in professional development opportunities to learn how to be better board members and gain insight into new ideas and policies. And often they are involved in other community events, representing themselves, their community, and their district. Many of these activities take them away from time that could be spent with their own family. Their sacrifices often times go overlooked, but their work is of utmost importance. That is why this year’s theme for School Board Member Day is “Everyday Heroes.”
More than any other public servant, school board members must listen to the voices of their community and then craft a vision, mission, and goals for their district to accurately reflect the desires and objectives expressed by parents and residents. They act as guardians of two of the community’s most precious resources — the children and tax dollars — while working to create the best educational environment possible with the resources available.
At times, antagonists are quick to criticize school board members without knowing all the details that went into the decision making process. As a result, the efforts of the local board of education often go unrecognized and unrewarded. But the fact is communities thrive when quality educational opportunities are consistently offered for all, and school board members champion that cause on a daily basis.
November 15, 2015 has been designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois. Help us join with others from throughout Illinois in saluting our local education heroes.