2012.01.04 Jim Philp:School Board Month

Written by David Green.

January is School Board Recognition Month—a time to salute the work of our school board members and to celebrate public education. The theme, “School Boards Lead Strong,” reflects our combined commitment to leadership and accountability assuring that all children succeed.

It is a challenging yet exciting time in public education. School board members in Lenawee County’s 11 school districts develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. They bear responsibility for an annual budget for 16,336 students, 1,064 teachers, and hundreds of support staff. They are volunteers whose decisions affect our children and support our communities.

Our boards of education, and the hundreds like them across the state, preserve the core of our democracy—public education. They ensure that decisions on school programming are made by people who have been 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, but too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these women and men who represent us. This January, the staff and students of all our school districts are asking each member of the Lenawee community to take a moment and thank a school board member.

Thank you to the women and men who dedicate countless personal hours to ensure that the needs of our community are met by our public schools. We salute the public servants of our 11 public school districts whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. We applaud them for their vision and voice in preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

– Jim Philp, Superintendent 

Lenawee Intermediate School District

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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