Perseverance through Leadership: The Role of School Board Members
To recognize the outstanding efforts of the nearly 6,000 elected school board members throughout the state, November 15 of each year is designated as "School Board Members Day" in Illinois. This is an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the essential role locally elected board of education members assume in a representative democracy. This year’s School Board Members Day theme is “Perseverance through Leadership”.
Leadership has taken on new meaning in 2020. School Board Members Day is a time to reflect on the board’s role in creating lasting educational opportunities that meet local desires and offer a pathway to a successful future for each and every student. It’s an opportunity to honor school board members who serve as unpaid volunteers for the benefit of the students and community residents, while also acting as front-line education advocates providing a local voice and vision for the district.
All of these responsibilities still hold true, but they take on a much larger meaning in 2020. For board members, the tough choices this year go beyond traditional educational outcomes. While continuing to champion academic success, school board members must also weigh their decisions in terms of the health and safety of students, teachers, and members of the community.
School board members will continue to fight for their local districts, the students, the staff, and all residents that benefit from having thoughtful and dedicated public servants making public education decisions at the local level.
A great school system is a source of local pride among residents. That hasn't change in 2020 and it will continue to be the case going forward. Support the leadership that is provided by your local boards of education on this honorary day.