November 15 will mark the ninth official statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois. This is the district’s and community’s opportunity to thank local board of education members for their commitment in providing a local governance voice for your education decisions.
Board members must be tuned in to the voices of their community. They craft a vision, mission, and goals to accurately reflect the desires expressed by parents and residents. They take their positions seriously and view their roles as a way to create opportunities for all students to succeed.
When it comes to public service, school board members are some of the most selfless volunteers around. They are your coworkers, neighbors, 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 where they act as guardians of the community’s most precious resources—our children and our tax dollars.
Everyone understands that school board members attend meetings, but those hours represent just a fraction of the actual time that they devote to the district. They attend extracurricular events to support schools. They participate in professional development opportunities to learn how to be better board members. They are often involved in other local 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 sacrifice may be overlooked, but their work is of utmost importance.
Quality education opportunities are one of the largest drivers of successful communities. The work of school board members directly impacts the school district, students, and parents, but it touches the lives of nearly every resident in one way or another.
November 15, 2017 has been designated as “School Board Members Day” in Illinois. Leadership for our community, for our schools, and for our future begins here, with the tireless work of our locally-elected school board members. Help us join with others from throughout Illinois recognizing their efforts.
The seven member Board of Education serving OLCHS District 229 are: Robert Loehr, President; Matthew Egan, Vice President; Judy Ott, Secretary; Timothy Burke; Margaret Nugent, Lenny Svoboda, and Safaa Zarzour.