LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School board leaders honored

Jan 6, 2012


“Serving on a school board has been described as the ‘toughest volunteer job in America,’ yet Michigan’s public school board members dedicate countless personal hours to attending meetings, school functions and hours of preparation for the decisions they make,” OAISD Superintendent Karen McPhee said. “On top of that, many pursue their own professional development to stay on top of the ever-changing education landscape. Collectively, school board members in Michigan have spent about 7,000 hours attending training and professional development. They’re dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students.”

It’s an exciting and challenging time in public education. OAISD school board members develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system.

“We proudly join educators and community members in saluting these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities,” McPhee said. “They preserve the core of our democracy — public education.”

The individuals serving on the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District Board of Education are as follows: Carol Slagh, president, of Zeeland (seven years of service); Eric Packer, vice president, of Allendale (nearly six years of service); Dr. Richard Cooley, secretary, of Jenison (nearly four years of service); Ronald Eding, treasurer, of Hamilton (nearly 13 years of service); and Jose Gomez, trustee, of Coopersville (nine years of service).

The Ottawa Area ISD works collaboratively with schools and communities to meet the educational needs of students in the Ottawa area. By pooling resources and providing services regionally, we provide important programs and services to local K-12 school districts and charter, parochial and private schools in the most cost-effective ways possible.

In partnership, OAISD and its member schools serve nearly 48,000 students ages 0-26 throughout Ottawa and parts of Allegan counties.

— Michelle Ready, OAISD communications manager


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