Public education is more than just the opportunity to learn basic math, science, English and history; it’s a platform for students to reach their potential. It lays the groundwork for a new generation of leaders and provides a foundation for a successful future. The Boyertown Area School District exists in part because of nine individuals who volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing public schools.
January is School Director Recognition Month and The Boyertown Area School District salutes this special group of volunteers – our nine elected members of the School Board. The nine dedicated volunteers who make up this year’s Boyertown Area School District School Board are John C. Landino, President; Clay D. Breece, Vice President; Robert. J Caso; Christine M. Neiman; Paul D. Stengle; Jill A. Dennin; Steve Elsier; David P. Lewis; and Donna L. Usavage.
Each month, board members devote their time to attend two meetings a month. During these meetings they approve staff hires, monitor student progress, interact with community members to address concerns, and pour over data. To make effective decisions, School Board members must comprehend and assimilate large amounts of varied data. They must understand financial data including balance sheets and income statements, academic progress reports and testing data, technology, and demographic data in order to make informed decisions affecting the District.
But the role of the School Director is not merely making difficult decisions, they also celebrate successes. This year alone, the District’s Director of Bands, Mr. Brian Langdon, was named a 2016 National Music Education Idol; six students from the Boyertown Area Senior High have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program, and the Girls Soccer team earned the National Academic Award for the 10th consecutive year for their exemplary performance in the classroom.
School Directors are not paid for their work. Instead, they are rewarded with making a positive difference in the lives of young people. These elected volunteers are your voice in the Boyertown Area School District. They are your friends, neighbors, community leaders, and parents. They work hard to make sure your concerns are heard and the unique challenges, values, culture, and circumstances of the Boyertown community are reflected in how your children are educated.
"I am proud to
represent our community as a school director and would like to take this
opportunity to thank my fellow board members for their commitment to our
district,” says John Landino, School Board President. “As a parent of two Boyertown
graduates, I can say that our community is fortunate to have such dedicated
faculty, staff, and administrators who support our students academically and
prepare them for the future."
As we continue to celebrate the success stories in our schools, let’s not forget our elected school directors who play a significant role in creating the environment where those successes can happen. During this month of recognition, we ask you to show your appreciation for their service. Please show your gratitude in some way for their time, effort and dedication to public education’s advancement. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interests and making the difficult decisions. Most importantly, thank them for being everyday heroes and making our students’ success their priority.