The month of January is officially designated as school board recognition month in the State of Ohio.
School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision-making in education. They volunteer countless hours and energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community. Our board of education is elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. Board members represent you, and they take this responsibility seriously by attending lengthy — sometimes challenging — meetings, conferences and institutes where they broaden their knowledge about education; during numerous conversations about the schools; and sessions before the Ohio General Assembly.
Being an effective school board member is no easy task, particularly in today’s climate of change and challenge. School board members need to be knowledgeable about many complex education and social issues, and carry out initiatives and directives from both federal and state governments. To face these demands of governing our public schools, they give countless hours of personal time. Their public service is an excellent example for young and old alike of the tradition of volunteerism and selflessness that is a hallmark of American society.
We are fortunate in Batavia to have an outstanding group of citizens who serve as members of the Board. As we enter the 2018 calendar year, Michael Enriquez, Karen Royer, and Scott Runck will be continuing their terms on the Board and will be joined by returning board member Barb Bruner and new board member Kyle Nicolaus.
In addition to recognizing the current Board membership, this month also is a time to extend a special thank you to members who are rotating out after extended terms of service. Mark Ewing is concluding his service to the community after 12 years on the Board, but will be continuing in his capacity as the District liaison to the Great Oaks Board. Chirs Huser is also concluding his time on the Board, having served Batavia for the past eight years.
Being a Board member requires many selfless hours of dedication each month, and includes lots of behind the scenes work, that while not normally seen by the public, is essential to the successful operations of the District each and every day. For more information about individual Board members and the areas in which they impact our community, please click on this link.