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Saline Board of Education – Thank You

January 14, 2020
Back (l to r) Tim Austin, Paul Hynek, Dennis Valenti, Michael McVey
Front (l to r) Susan Estep, Heidi Pfannes, Jennifer Steben, Evan Thomas (Student Representative)

The key to a brighter future for Michigan’s children is a strong public education system.  Every day, our students count on Saline Area Schools to help prepare them for a successful future. Whether our students understand it or not, they count on the adults in our community to ensure that they have access to resources to help them learn, keep their buildings safe and have qualified teachers to guide them.  It requires focus and an unwavering commitment to Saline Area Schools to make this all possible.

At the end of the day, the true heroes contributing to the success of our students are just ordinary citizens with extraordinary dedication to public education: our School Board Members. They are Tim Austin, Susan Estep, Paul Hynek, Michael McVey, Heidi Pfannes, Jennifer Steben, and Dennis Valenti. These individuals approach their school board service like it is a full-time job.

Their job is to pursue the Saline Area Schools vision for education.  They ensure our schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning.  The job of a School Board Member is tough, the hours long and the thanks few and far between. Too often we’re quick to criticize School Board Members without really understanding the complex nature of their decisions.  We have to remember to take time to thank them for their untiring efforts.

The month of January marks the observance of School Board Recognition Month.  This is an opportunity to show our year-round appreciation for these servant leaders and begin to better understand how local trustees work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.  We encourage you to join with others throughout our community, state, and nation to salute the individuals who provide grassroots governance of public schools.

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