January is School Board Recognition Month and Garden City Public Schools is joining other school districts across the state to acknowledge the important contributions local school board members make to their communities. The thousands of elected school board members are honored by their schools and communities for their dedication to school governance.
School Board Recognition Month recognizes that the elected board represents a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education. As citizen leaders who serve our children, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. School board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on educational issues, which impact the entire community.
“Our school board members are volunteers who shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices for our district, all without pay. Their goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” said Dr. Steve Karlin, Superintendent of Garden City Public Schools. “Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all that they do.”
Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The board is responsible for an annual budget of over $100 million, over 7,300 students, 1,376 employees and 18 school buildings.
Garden City Public Schools encourages the entire community to thank a school board member, not only this month but throughout the entire year. The board members will be presented with certificates of recognition at the next school board meeting on Monday, January 11th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Educational Support Center, 1205 Fleming Street. The Garden City Public Schools Board of Education members include: Lara Bors, Dr. Tim Hanigan, Dana Nanninga, Janene Radke, Mark Rude, Jennifer Standley, and Alex Wallace