Send a card or chocolate because January is the month to recognize the publicly elected members of the school district's board of directors


January is School Board Recognition Month, and Molalla River School District will not let it slip by unnoticed.

"Too often the efforts of school board members go unrecognized," said Superintendent Tony Mann.

He added, "Our school board members spend countless hours of unpaid time working to provide the best possible education for our students. They also serve as the corporate board of directors for our community's largest employer. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do."

School boards are made up of unpaid, locally elected members who govern public schools. They represent the community's beliefs and values, according to the National School Boards Association.

"They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in the Molalla River School District," Mann said.

Molalla River School District's current board members are Chair Calvin Nunn, Vice Chair Neal Lucht, Linda Eskridge, Ralph Gierke, Craig Loughridge, Mark Lucht and Jennifer Satter.

According to Mann, Molalla's school board has a long list of central focuses including: to create a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to look like, determining how to make student achievement a top priority, assessing whether students are learning, collaborating to solve problems and support successes and accounting for the outcomes of decisions by tracking progress and reporting results.

"The school board's main goal is to support student achievement," Mann said.

The board meets twice every month for work sessions and regular sessions to discuss all things school-related. These meetings are open to the public.

While this month offers the chance to acknowledge the board's efforts, Mann noted that the district is appreciative all year long.

"Even though we make a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members and invite the community to do so as well," Mann said, "we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student achievement and to fighting for the best for all of our students."

Kristen Wohlers
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