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Nov. 15, 2010, has been designated as School Board Member Day in Illinois, and West Central Community Unit School District #235 is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools.
"School board members serve without monetary compensation to make public education the best it can be for every child," said Superintendent Ralph Grimm. "During these trying fiscal times, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students.
They bear responsibility and oversight in District 235 for an annual budget of $10 million; 988 students in grades Pk-12; more than 170 employees; and 3 campuses.
"Preparing today's students to be productive citizens and the leaders in a global economy is a tremendous task. As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our schoolchildren," Supt. Grimm said.
"Often we take for granted the service that these education advocates provide. Taking time out to say "thank you' is the least we can do as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities," Grimm said.
"Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made locally by those most familiar with the needs of our community. School board members deserve recognition and thanks for their unfailing commitment to the continuing success of our students now and in the future."
The men and women serving West Central Community Unit School District #235 are:
President Lonnie Brent, 7 years
Vice President Brad Arnold, 7 years
Secretary Paul Anderson, 7 years
Renee Goff, 3 year
Jodi Arnold, 1 year
Amy John, 1 year
Roberta Robbins, 1 year