School board ‘superheroes’ celebrated in May
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May is School Board Recognition Month, sponsored by the Iowa Association of School Boards to celebrate the contributions of board members to Iowa public education. The theme of this year’s recognition is “Superheroes for Public Education.”
The Mount Ayr Community School District is celebrating its school board members Rod Shields – since October 1994, PJ West – October 2008, Brandi Shay – June 2010, Craig Winemiller – September 2013, and Kim Lutrick – October 2013.
“While our board members are elected to the position by the community, they serve unpaid.,” said Joe Drake, MAC superintendent. “They’re volunteers who are true superheroes – they spend a significant amount of time at regular monthly meetings, reviewing board materials, communicating with citizens, taking advantage of board learning opportunities, and attending school functions and activities.”
The Mount Ayr Community School Board is charged with governing our school district. They set the direction for the district, oversee the budget, develop policies and make decisions that impact the entire community. And most importantly—they are committed to student achievement.
“Our school board keeps the district moving forward,” added Drake. “They serve 600 students, approximately 130 employees, and are responsible for an annual budget of over $14.4 million. It’s a big job for no pay, but our board members say they serve to meet the needs of our students and our community.”