(Lake Township, Ohio) – The Lake Local School District is among many to recognize and celebrate The Ohio School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Month in January.
Officials explain the purpose of the recognition month is to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. School Board Recognition Month honors the members of Ohio’s more than 700 city, exempted village, local, and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children.
Lake Local School District is joining with other districts throughout the state to recognize the important contributions our school board members make to our Lake Township community. “These public servants are elected to serve by local citizens. They unselfishly contribute their time and talents toward the advancement of public education and represent a continuing commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education. During January we want to show appreciation to our school board members, and recognize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment on their part,” said Lake Superintendent Kevin Tobin.
The men and women serving Lake Local Schools and their years of service are: David Poling, President, 16 years; Jenny Anderson, Vice President, four years; Derrick Bailey, eight years; Deb Cain, three years; and David VanderKaay, 22 years. During the last Board of Education meeting held Jan. 7, 2019, Tobin shared his appreciation of the ongoing work and dedication provided by the above five individuals throughout the year.
“Too often we forget about the personal sacrifices school board members routinely make. Too often we forget about the important role school board members play in assuring local control over our public schools, control that is in the hands of people we know … people who are our neighbors,” he said.