Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thanks to our dedicated Board of Education members

At last week’s Board of Education meeting, we have the privilege of hearing from an enthusiastic, talented group of students who helped us express our gratitude to an important group of school district volunteers. This performance was part of the R-7 School District’s celebration of Missouri School Board Recognition Week, which occurs Jan. 25 through 31 this year. Not everyone is aware of this, but our elected Board of Education members are unpaid volunteers who receive absolutely no compensation for the hundreds of hours they donate to help our students succeed.

It takes a special person to be a Board of Education member. They must be willing to spend countless hours on this volunteer job, including attending school board and other district meetings and events, reading numerous pages of Board meeting background information and keeping up with related research and studies. In addition, Board of Education members help us communicate with our citizens through their involvement in the community.

In Lee’s Summit R-7, we are especially fortunate to have an outstanding group of leaders serving on our Board of Education. These quality individuals bring a variety of talents and perspectives to the Board although all seven have one thing in common – their commitment to what is best for our students and our community.

At the Jan. 22 Board of Education meeting, students from Longview Farm Elementary performed the popular, high-energy song “Happy” for our Board members. The students shared with the elected officials that they are happy to have these seven caring individuals serving our students and schools. I am also happy to have the honor of working with the following Board members: President Ron Baker, Vice President Terri Harmon, Bill Baird, Phyllis Balagna, Patti Buie, Chris Storms and Bob White.

Thanks to these seven community leaders and to everyone who keeps our students at the heart of our school district and our community.