Recently I was reading about the duties and role of the school board. On one of the websites, they depicted the work of school board leaders as “helping kids soar to success.” I had never heard that description, but it is perfect! Officially our school board members listen to the community, make policy and set the budget. However the magic of our school board is their “helping kids soar to success” activities. Inevitably, you will see them at musicals, band concerts, and football and basketball games. They attend community meetings, parent teacher conferences and the Hope Run.
January is School Board Appreciation Month. This month gives us an opportunity to recognize the service and selfless time given by seven individuals in our community for the benefit of our schools. As the board members help kids soar to success, they continually imagine the future for our students. We all have hopes and dreams for each child in our community to have a successful future.
January is a great time to focus on the crucial and critical role the school board plays in Columbia School District. Their focus on success for all of our students, takes dedication. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children. Their service to the community includes caring for students, parents, staff members and administrators. They carefully examine all sides of a policy or an issue prior to making a decision. Through their decisions, they are laying a pathway for the future of our school district.
School board members take their responsibility and public trust very seriously, dedicating an enormous number of hours to their work both in and outside of board meetings. Attending school functions, preparing for board meetings, reading financial reports, agendas and proposals, and making a host of difficult and challenging decisions are just a few of the regular activities board members participate in through their service.
Today, more than ever, school board leaders are faced with the overwhelming charge of providing a quality education at a time when financial constraints weigh heavily on the health of school district budgets. In an era of unprecedented choice in education, school boards are also tasked with charting a course that provides long-term, sustainable success for current and future students in all of Michigan’s public schools.
This year much of the focus of our seven school board members will be collaborating with the teachers, administration, community and the superintendent to establish a Strategic Plan. They will spend countless hours working and focusing on increasing student achievement and planning for the future of the Columbia School District.
The 2021 School Board is made up of seven energetic, tenacious community members, who are: Bob Wahr, Garrick Zuver, Brian Knapp, Chris Holbert, Lindsey Schiel, Kyle Bamm, and Jennifer Steele. These seven fine individuals make up an efficient and effective board that has taken on the huge responsibility and challenge of working together to lead the way in the Columbia School District. Their ability to work as a team will help increase the effectiveness of the district and give our students the optimum opportunity to succeed now and into the future.