January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to salute the work of our volunteer school board members and to celebrate public education.

I would say that the leadership style of the current board is collaborative and reflects our combined commitment to leadership and accountability assuring that all children succeed.

To date, the biggest accomplishment of the board has been the approval of the balanced calendar. This is just one example of the board's commitment to the students and families of Baldwin Community Schools. As a result, we now have a continuous learning model in place to prepare our students for the promise of tomorrow.

Our board of education, and the hundreds like it across the state, preserve the core of our democracy: public education. They ensure decisions on school programming are made by people we’ve elected to represent our community’s values, culture and circumstances.

Showing appreciation for the important work of school boards should be a year-round process, but too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. This January, the staff and students of our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment and thank a school board member.

Thank you to the men and women who dedicate countless personal hours to ensure the needs of our community are met by our public schools. We salute the public servants of Baldwin Community Schools whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. We applaud them for their vision and voice to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The men and women serving Baldwin Community Schools are and their years of service:

Joseph Brooks Jr, President: 10 years

Shawn Washington, Vice President: 5 years

Quran Griffin, Secretary: 1 year

Robert Sanders, Treasurer: 14 years

Dennis Robinson, Trustee: 4 years

Jeff Wroblewski, Trustee: 1 year

Mary Martin, Trustee: 1 year