January is School Board Appreciation Month

For release: January 2017

Thank a School Board Member Salida, CO – January is School Board Recognition Month and Salida School District R-32-J is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools.

“School board members serve countless hours working to make public education the best it can be for every child,” said David Blackburn, Salida Superintendent of Schools. “In a climate of change and challenge, they develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect the entire community and the lives of individual students. They bear responsibility and oversight in Salida School District for an annual budget of $12 million; 1250 students, in grades preK to 12th; approximately 200 employees; and 6 campuses.”

Preparing today’s students to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow is a tremendous task. As elected officials, school board members are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of our school children.

“We proudly salute these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding, and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about local public schools are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families,” said Mr. Blackburn. “These dedicated individuals deserve recognition and thanks for their unfailing commitment to the continuing success of our students now and in the future,” he said.

Current Board members have contributed to the successes in Salida Schools by participating in the collaborative bargaining team transition for school negotiated policies; successful superintendent search; building projects; and many other tasks.

The men and women serving Salida School District are Kyle Earhart, 5 years on the Salida School Board, self-employed; Jennifer Visitacion, 3 years on the Salida School Board, consultant/executive director of Guidestone; Cheri Post, 4 years on the Salida School Board, retired teacher; Joel McBride, 3 years on the Salida School Board, sales; Penny Wilken, 3 years on the Salida School Board, self-employed; Jeannie Peters, first year on Salida School Board, retired pediatric physical therapist; Joe Smith, first year on Salida School Board, vice president of commercial loans.

“Great leadership always begins with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference. Please join us as we applaud these local leaders for truly caring about our kids,” Mr. Blackburn said.

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