Capac Community Schools is joining 544 local and 57 intermediate school districts across Michigan to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.

In a year full of challenges for public education not seen in recent history, our school board members persevered through the adversity of 2020 to provide the best possible education for our students.

Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one of the very small ways to express appreciation for all they do. School board members represent the views and priorities of their community in the complex system of maintaining and running a district’s public schools. Too often, the efforts of school board members go unrecognized.

The school board’s main goal is to support student achievement. To achieve that goal, the board focuses on the following needs:

•Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make student achievement the top priority.

•Setting standards for what students must learn and be able to do.

•Assessing whether schools achieve their goals and whether students are learning.

•Accounting for the outcomes of decisions and by tracking progress and reporting results.

•Collaborating to solve common problems and to support common successes.

•Focusing on continuous improvement by questioning, examining, revising, refining and revisiting issues related to student achievement.

Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part.

No matter what challenges lie ahead for our district in 2021, our school board members will continue to govern to improve student achievement and provide exceptional education for all our community’s children.

The individuals serving Capac Community Schools are William Ellis, James Crane, Monica Standel, Tim Lewis, Marie Killingbeck, Travis Fahley, our newest member Beverly Wheelihan and outgoing board member Barry Geliske.

—Jeff Terpenning,
Capac Community Schools Superintendent