Hemlock, MI- January is School Board Recognition Month and Hemlock Public School District is joining 541 local and 56 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education.

“Serving on a school board has been described as the ‘toughest volunteer job in America.’ Yet Michigan’s public school board members dedicated countless personal hours to attending meetings, school functions, and hours of preparation for the decisions they make,” said Don Killingbeck, Superintendent. “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 more than 7,500 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. School board members in Hemlock Public School District develop policies and make tough decisions that help shape the future of our education system. They bear responsibility and oversight for an annual budget of $13 million, 1200+ students, 150+ employees and 4 school buildings.

“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,” Killingbeck said. “They preserve the core of our democracy—public education.”

The Hemlock Public School District joins the Michigan Association of School Boards and school districts across the State of Michigan in honoring board members for their service. The district will formally honor board members at the regular monthly board meeting on January 8th.

The men and women serving Hemlock Public School District are pictured, top row left to right:

Matt Wesener, Dr. Katherine Ellison, Kimberly Hoeppner, Jamie Rivette and bottom row left to right: Hilary House, David Messing, and  Bryan Conger.