TIM WEBSTER: A thank-you to school board members

Dear Editor:

“There is a place in America to take a stand: it is public education. It is the underpinning of our cultural and political system. It is the great common ground. Public education after all is the engine that moves us as a society toward a common destiny ... It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape.”  Tom Brokaw

The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month. Reed City Area Public Schools is joining 541 local and 56 intermediate school districts across the state to thank the more than 4,100 elected school board members for their untiring dedication to public education.

School boards preserve the core of our democracy — public education. They ensure that decisions on school programming are made by people we’ve elected to represent our community’s values, culture and circumstances.

Showing appreciation for the important work of school boards should be a year-round process. Too often we neglect to recognize the hard work of those elected to represent us. This month, the staff and students of our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment to thank a school board member. This recognition reflects our commitment to leadership and accountability that ALL children have access to a free and appropriate education.

The men and women serving Reed City Area Public Schools are: Derrick Bookwalter, Dan Boyer, Jim Dawson, Craig Goodman, Ross Momany, Tricia Wirth and Kathy Yost.


Tim Webster

Superintendent of Reed City Area Public Schools