Nov. 15, 2012, has been designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois, and Morton Unit School District 709 is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to public schools.
“Our school board members serve without monetary compensation to make public education the best it can be for every child,” said Lindsey Hall, District 709 superintendent. “Their policies and oversight guide the district as tough decisions are made on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students.”
“Each year, the demands become greater for school board members to help lead our community’s schools as they prepare students to be productive citizens and the leaders in a new 21st century global economy. Without the efforts of school board members, local citizens would have less input into the way schools operate today. This is an excellent example of grassroots governance,” Hall said.
“The least that our community can do is say ‘thank you’ to these volunteers,” Hall said. “Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made locally by those most familiar with the needs of our community.”
The men and women serving Morton Unit School District 709 are: Tom Neeley, President; John Applen, Vice President; Joyce Kaiser, Secretary; Michelle Bernier, Clint Heinold, Michelle Kaeb and Tim Taylor.