January is School Board Recognition Month – an opportunity for us to celebrate the great things happening in our schools and the dedicated volunteer school board members that serve the Cedar Springs community.
With dwindling resources our school board members face some of the toughest challenges of any elected officials. School board members are regular citizens, like you and me that have an extraordinary commitment to the children of our community.
Thomas Jefferson recognized the importance of a quality education as a cornerstone of our democratic society. “Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.”
Today, our school board members are entrusted with the important work of shaping the education of our youngest citizens. They dedicate countless hours to creating the mission, vision and goals that drive our schools. They are dedicated to creating a school culture where collaboration and continuous learning are valued and displayed throughout our system. The seven members of the Cedar Springs Board of Education do this work by always keeping children as the center of their work and decision making.
It is easy for us to forget the sacrifices our Board members make every day in dedication to this work. In addition to the hours of meetings, board members take time to prepare for each meeting; they serve on numerous community boards and committees, attend countless community functions and pursue ongoing professional development so that they may keep abreast of the latest issues facing our schools.
Please join me in saluting the men and women who serve as members of the Cedar Springs Board of Education. Take a moment to express your gratitude for this important service to our community.
Brook Nichols 9 Years of Service
Joe Marckini 6 Years of Service
Todd Hanson 4 Years of Service
Jeff Gust 3 Years of Service
Matthew Shoffner 3 Years of Service
Shannon Vanderhyde 3 Years of Service
Patricia Eary 1 Year of Service