Board members deserve thanks every day

I have the distinct pleasure of working closely with five individuals who dedicate their time and talents to making the Bucyrus City School District one of the best in the region. They support our students and staff in their relentless pursuit of success in and out of the classroom.

They also support me, as the Superintendent, and three guiding principles by which I make decisions. First, I believe that ALL students can learn and be successful. Every student, regardless of their background is capable of being successful in the classroom. It’s our responsibility as educators to meet each student where they are and work with them to reach their maximum potential for success.

It is our responsibility to prepare students for life beyond school. Today’s student has many different directions they can go after receiving their high school diploma. We must ensure that each student has the skills and knowledge to be successful after they leave our district, no matter their choice after they graduate.

Finally, we must treat kids well! We must have a “customer first” focus when delivering an educational experience to every child. Every student enters our buildings with their own set of experiences, and we must be empathetic to their individual needs and challenges and help them reach their maximum potential.

School board members support our district by making policy; approving contracts with employees; choosing curriculum; adopting budgets; and selecting a superintendent, treasurer and business manager to administer the district.

They do all these tasks with the emphasis on what’s best for Bucyrus children. Being an effective school board member is no easy task, particularly in today’s climate of change and challenge. School board members need to be knowledgeable about many complex educational and social issues and carry out initiatives and directives from both federal and state governments.

To face these demands of governing our school district, our board members give countless hours of personal time. A public board of education is a legislative body of citizens elected locally by the Bucyrus community, with each of the five members serving four-year terms of office.

Through dedicated, responsible endeavors, school board members serve the public interest in public education — and serve the needs of our kids. They ensure that decisions about the Bucyrus City Schools are made as close to the needs of our community as possible.

Their public service is an excellent example for young and old alike of the tradition of volunteerism that is a hallmark of American society. I would like to invite the Bucyrus community to join me in honoring the contributions and dedication of our school board members.

Let’s say “thank you” to Dr. Paul Johnson, Mr. John Kime, Mr. Adam Stone, Ms. Traci Wetterau and Mrs. Deb Hoover for their willingness to participate in what is perhaps the purest form of grassroots democratic principles upon which our republic was founded. Our school board members make a difference in our community, for every child, every day.