School board members honored this month

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:18 am on Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Board of Education includes, front row from left, President Steve Foster, Treasurer Mark Christensen, Trustee Brian Corwin; back row from left, Secretary Bud Longnecker, Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht and Vice President Chris Bradshaw.

January is School Board Recognition Month.

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) is joining 552 local and 57 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,” said MAISD Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht. “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.”

He pointed out school board members accomplish all that in addition to professional development courses to understand the changing education landscape.

“Collectively, school board members in Michigan have spent about 7,000 hours attending training and professional development,” Koenigsknecht said. “They’re dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students.”

School board members at the MAISD and throughout Montcalm County develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. They bear responsibility and oversight for multi-million dollar budgets,  thousands of students, dozens of school employees and numerous school buildings or facilities.

“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,” Koenigsknecht said.  “They preserve the core of our democracy — public education.”

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