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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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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    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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