January is School Board Recognition Month in Ohio and provides us with the opportunity to thank members of local boards of education across our state for their dedication to public education.
School Board members are locally elected citizens who make decisions that affect, influence and direct the education of the youth in our communities.
For the first time in many years, we are pleased to welcome a new board member.
Rick Weininger, former Karrer and Chapman Principal, was elected to the board in November.
Rick's desire to continue serving our community sets a great example for our young people.
We have been fortunate in our district to have board members willing to give their time to the students and staff of our district.
Our board members have full lives, careers, and families, but willingly make sacrifices for the betterment of our district.
Board members help make decisions about our public school system that represent the priorities of their communities as closely as possible.
Stu Harris, Lynn May, Scott Melody, Chris Valentine and Rick Weininger are the members of the Dublin City Schools Board of Education.
Their commitment as individuals, and as a group, is one of the reasons our district continues to be one of Ohio's best.
The time spent in board meetings represents a fraction of the hours they give to our district.
Board members make policy, approve contracts with employees, choose curriculum, adopt budgets and directly employ a superintendent and a treasurer.
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 education and social issues, and carry out initiatives and directives from both federal and state governments.
To face these demands of governing our public schools, they give countless hours of personal time.
Board members are often on the front lines of difficult issues and are key first communicators with the public on a wide variety of topics.
One of the many traits that makes our board of education special is the prioritization of their own professional development when it comes to boardsmanship.
They spend hours studying issues, attending seminars, and meeting with individuals in order to stay on top of the many challenges facing Ohio public schools.
Another key function of a high quality board is its role in working with state legislators on a variety of issues impacting education in Ohio.
They spend many hours in meetings with our local legislators to make sure our community's point of view is taken into consideration when decisions are being made at the state level.
With all of these different responsibilities on their plates, our board members are exceptional at keeping its focus on what is best for our students.
Their commitment to providing Dublin City Schools students with a world-class education is a key reason for our district's success.
If you happen to have contact with any of our board members during the coming weeks, please take the time to thank them for their service.
Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph.D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.