Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set October 2-8 as Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected Board of Education plays in our communities. The Superintendents from Albany, Black Hawk, Brodhead, Juda, Monroe, Monticello, New Glarus, and Parkview are joining together to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week to honor local Board members for their commitment to our area school districts and the children and families they serve.
The eight area Superintendents share the sentiment that it takes strong schools to build strong communities, and the men and women of our School Boards devote countless hours making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level. Our School Boards make tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our communities expect.
The key work of School Boards is to raise student achievement by:
Creating a vision for what the community wants the School District to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the District’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;
Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn, and teachers can teach;
Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and
Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining, and revising issues related to student achievement.
All eight Superintendents further state, “School Board members give the Albany, Black Hawk, Brodhead, Juda, Monroe, Monticello, New Glarus, and Parkview community members a voice in education decision-making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment.”
Willy Chambers, Ed.D.
Cell: 608 234-1581