Tuesday, November 15 marks the eighth annual “School Board Members Day” in Illinois. Today we join together to express our deepest appreciation to the seven dedicated members of the Grayslake Community High School District 127 School Board: Ann Dingman, President; Douglas Nerge, Vice President; Edwin Brown, Secretary; Russ Chamberlin; Tom Halloran; Kathleen Conlon-Wasik; and Ken Witkowski. We appreciate the D127 School Board members whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible.
These volunteer leaders are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.
Everyone understands that school board members attend meetings, but those hours represent just a fraction of the actual time that they devote to the district. They attend extracurricular events to support schools. They participate in professional development opportunities to learn how to be better board members. And often they are involved in other local events, representing themselves, their community, and their district. Many of these activities take them away from time that could be spent with their own family. Their sacrifice may be overlooked, but their work is of utmost importance.
Quality education opportunities are one of the largest drivers of successful communities. The work of school board members directly impacts the school district, students, and parents, but it touches the lives of nearly every resident in one way or another.
Please join me in recognizing the D127 School Board members and thanking them for their service to our school community. Leadership for our community, for our schools, and for our future begins here, with the tireless work of our locally-elected school board members.
Catherine M. Finger, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
Grayslake Community High School District 127