UNION COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Board members for Union Community Schools include, from front left: Lisa Anton, Brian Weber and Kevin Sash. Back: Cathy Niebergall, Dawn Jensen, James Bronner and Joe Connolly. Photo by Mary Bauer.

UNION COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Board members for Union Community Schools include, from front left: Lisa Anton, Brian Weber and Kevin Sash. Back: Cathy Niebergall, Dawn Jensen, James Bronner and Joe Connolly. Photo by Mary Bauer.

Volunteer school board members spend thousands of hours each year analyzing budgets, monitoring student achievement data, adopting effective policies and making key decisions to ensure that each Iowa student receives an excellent education. The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) invites communities to celebrate and thank their local school board members during School Board Recognition Month, May 1-31, 2014.

This year’s theme, “Educate! Advocate! Celebrate!,” recognizes that Iowa’s volunteer school board members are providing innovative leadership through responsibilities ranging from strong financial stewardship to ensuring high-quality curriculum, to make sure all students are able to grow and prosper through their education.

This special month is an opportunity to highlight the excellent work being done on behalf of students and to thank the more than 2,000 men and women who govern Iowa’s public education system.

Please take this opportunity to notice what your schools and board have offered your children this year, and to acknowledge your district leaders. Visit IASB’s web site at www.ia-sb.org to learn more about Iowa school boards.