Dear Northville School Families, Staff and Community Members,
January is School Board Recognition Month – a time to formally honor the crucial role Northville Public Schools Board of Education members play in the lives of our children, our schools and our community. Public education is the backbone of American society and local school boards are rooted in this tradition. They ensure that decisions on school programming are made by people elected to represent our community’s values, culture and circumstances. They are citizens whose decisions affect our children and build our communities.
Our Board of Education establishes the district’s vision, mission and goals and develops policies to achieve them; they encourage continuous improvement in student learning; and advocate at the local, state and national level in support of public education. This work includes an endless string of meetings and school functions to attend; reams of reports, agendas, proposals and other documents to read and study; and a never-ending commitment to thoughtful consideration of the issues, balancing perspectives, and making difficult decisions that are both fiscally responsible and focused on what is best for students.
As a community, we are fortunate to have an actively involved, deeply committed Board of Education dedicated to leading and supporting our ongoing quest to open A World of Possibilities for and with our students that will prepare them for work and life in the 21st century. The seven members of the Northville Board of Education develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our school district. Together with district leaders, our educators and staff, they bear the responsibility and oversight for an annual general fund budget of approximately $78 million, 7,470 students, 850 employees, and 11 buildings.
While we make a special effort in January to show appreciation to our school board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. With this in mind, we invite our community to join us in taking a moment to let our Board of Education trustees know that their hard work, dedication and commitment of time on behalf of our community’s children has been noticed, and is truly appreciated and valued.
We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals who voluntarily offer their time, energy, perspective and commitment to the work of the Board of Education, along with noting their length of service thus far:
- James Mazurek, seven years
- Cynthia L. Jankowski, six years
- Matthew Wilk, five-and-a-half years
- Ann Kalass, four years
- Roland Hwang, three years
- Sarah Prescott, two years and four months
- Laurie Doner, one year
Mary Kay Gallagher