Fairfield Parents and Community,
January: Board Appreciation Month
Ordinary citizens doing extraordinary work: that is how to describe our local board of education! These seven individuals are our friends and neighbors who are creating a future for every child in our community. They spend countless hours preparing to make decisions, participating in meetings and attending school activities and events. They advocate on the local, state, and national levels for our children. They are held accountable for the decisions they make, and do all of this as volunteers.
Public education is a cornerstone of American society, and local school boards are deeply rooted in U.S. tradition. In fact, in 1966 the people of Kansas amended our state’s constitution to specifically call for local public schools that are ‘maintained, developed and operated by locally elected boards.’
Our local board of education is responsible for setting a vision for our local education program, and partners with staff and other members of the community to provide the facilities and infrastructure to achieve that vision. They research, study, and then discuss issues so that they can make informed decisions on countless complex challenges.
Too often, we forget about the personal sacrifices school board members make. The job of a school board member is tough, the hours long, and the thanks rare. The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month and gives us the chance to say thank you!
The theme this year is “Public School Board Members Create a Future for Every Child.” This is a time to shine a light on how local boards prepare today’s students for success. In January, join with others throughout our district and state to salute the men and women who provide leadership for our public schools.
We would like to invite the community to take a survey regarding a bond election coming in November 2016. The board is seeking input from everyone to decide what the project should include and what stakeholders would support. You can find the survey on the district website www.usd310.org under the District tab (bottom selection). A link is located on the district’s Facebook page. Here is the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6K7WZV6 . We will try to email it out to patrons we have addresses for. In addition, we will have paper/pencil copies available at the district office and at local basketball games until the middle of February. Only one survey response per patron please. Thank you for your help!
Superintendent of Schools
USD #310 Fairfield